How Long DId it Take Before You Could Do a Real Pushup?
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
I can't do a pushup. In fact, I have never been able to do a pushup. This is a skill I'd like to acquire, especially as I approach fifty and am already losing bone density by the minute. I need muscles to hold up all my brittle bits!
I have tried in the past to insert pushups into my strength training program. But I don't like strength training, so have always rushed through them with less-than-perfect form, just like every other thing I do related to strength training.
I need to get serious. So today I looked up how-to-do-pushup info. and found a blog and video that resonated with me. (The buff guy in the video didn't hurt.) What I liked about the video is how he explained that "no pain, no gain" refers to the sore muscles after a workout. It doesn't refer to joint pain or the need for considerable pain during a workout.
I am going to follow the video prescription. I will do as many pushups as I can, take a two minute break and do two more sets of the same with another two minute break in between. Then I won't revisit the pushups until next week when I will do the same routine. After that I can increase the frequency the next week until I work up to 20 REAL knee pushups. After I can do 20 knee pushups, I will be ready for a regular pushup.
Today I was able to do five knee pushups. Thank goodness for the two minute break in between sets. The last set was marginal at best.
This will be a test of patience. Strength training doesn't appeal to me because the results are not quick and it's just plain boring (for me.) I don't like the way it feels to push muscles to a point of failure. I am not a fine motor person, so form is not my strongpoint either. But I know I need to do it.
Can you do a pushup? If so, how long did it take before you could do one? Or have you always been able to do pushups?