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?

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    It took me about 2 months of doing lots of knee push ups to be able to do a real one. Now I am back to knee push ups and struggling to do those. :(
    1931 days ago
    It took me a year of doing pushups on an incline and on my knees.

    I also did planks and practiced lowering myself slowly to the floor with my elbows in....basically starting at the top of a full pushup and lowering myself down.

    Doing lots of other upper body strength training with free weights also helped.

    And doing the 100 pushup challenge was motivation to keep practicing.

    Keep going! You can do it!
    1967 days ago
    I teach pole fitness. In that class we do ST. Pushups are done from week 1 level 1. Starting on knees and working up. It took me a long time to be able to do them properly
    1969 days ago
    I start my clients out with elevated pushups - place your hands on your weight bench or the back of your couch at first. When you can do 10-12 good pushups there lower your hands until you are on your knees on the floor...

    How long it takes depends on how often you do them and how quickly you recover after each session. No point doing more if you're hurting from the day before...

    Have you ever tried the 100 push up challenge online? You can even do the whole challenge on the back of your sofa the first time through...

    Keep working at it, you can do it!
    1969 days ago
    I started with pushups on the ball. Under my hips then moved it out to under my quads, then knees then I started with knee pushups. I can do about 25 military push ups together then need a break. emoticon
    1970 days ago
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