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ALBERTJON SparkPoints: (3,133)
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10/30/13 2:28 P

STRONG_SARAH: I love this quote you use: "People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it." George Bernard Shaw

I am a firm believer that including pushups in one's exercise regimen can be a good thing, when done properly. Unfortunately, for me, I abused my shoulders in my late 20's through late 30's incorrectly doing far too many bench bench routines, bad form and poorly chosen. My shoulders will no longer tolerate push-ups or any exercises that resemble bench-press type repetitions.

Nonetheless, I still think push-ups are a good exercise. I am no fitness expert, however.

Edited by: ALBERTJON at: 10/30/2013 (15:27)
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FIATVOLUNTASTUA Posts: 1,840
10/30/13 1:45 P

IT's October 30 and I have only been doing push-ups since Sept. 16. I do three sets twice (about 30 minutes apart) and my average is up to 15 using the half-push-up form. I won't advance to the full push-up until I can get to an average of 20.

I had a pair of those rotating hand-stands (made out of plastic) and they only lasted for about three sets before they seized up so my advice is to avoid anything made out of plastic. I also have begun using a pair of plastic hand-stands (angled with foam grips) which I had bought many years ago but never used until now. The jury is still out on whether they are an advantage over using just my hands; as I have noticed a slight drop in the number of push-ups that I can do but this may be due to something other than the cheap plastic design of these hand-stands.

With hands: maximum of 20 modified push-ups.
With hand-stands: maximum of 19 modified push-ups.

Edited by: FIATVOLUNTASTUA at: 10/30/2013 (13:51)
WAYCAT Posts: 989
7/19/13 11:54 P

I've been working on push ups regularly for a couple of years now.

It's taken me that time to progress from half to full pushups.

I can now do 3 sets of full pushups - the first set I can manage 12, then about 10, and if I'm lucky I can eek out 10 again on the third set but more often than not I can only manage 8.

That's about as far as I've been able to progress but I'm still pleased, given that I've never been able to even do 1 full pushup before!

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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,979
7/19/13 11:05 P

I hate them being called boy push ups. I can do 20, my fiance can't even do 1. A better term, I think, is calling them full and half push ups.

Besides the point, but it might help some people.

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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,570
7/19/13 10:30 P

Actually, the more challenging the strength training the better.

An exercise that is challenging enough that you can do only 10 reps is far more effective strength training than one where you can do 20-25. The fewer reps, the better.

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7/19/13 8:56 P

Interesting article. I have always shied away from doing "boy" pushups because I didn't have the upper body strength and felt like I got a better work out from the 25-30 girl pushups I could do at a time compared to the two boy push ups. I recently gave it another shot and surprised myself by eeking out 10 boy push ups! So I've been trying to do a few sets and I'm definitely interested in trying some of these tips to get better at it!

STRONG_SARAH Posts: 1,192
7/19/13 10:21 A

That's the one, thanks!

-Sarah
Italy (central european time zone)

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
George Bernard Shaw

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,570
7/19/13 7:57 A

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The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
STRONG_SARAH Posts: 1,192
7/19/13 7:27 A

There was a blog recently that came in the spark mail about push-ups. I don't know if it was a recent blog or one of the 'best of's. It was about different ways to do push-ups and was maybe written by Coach Nicole. I saved it but then had to replace my hard drive and lost it.

I've searched for it but I can't find it. Does anyone know what I'm talking about it? Did anyone book mark it?

-Sarah
Italy (central european time zone)

People who say it cannot be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.
George Bernard Shaw

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