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Best way to start doing push-ups

I've been trying to think about this forever, but haven't come up with anything and neither can google. My friend has been asking me what the best way to build up muscle for doing push-ups is. Currently, she can't even do one. I've suggested doing "girl push-ups" (on your knees instead of your tip-toes), and she can do those, just not the normal push-ups. I thought maybe gradually working from pushing against a wall or a desk, but nothing when trying to translate it to on the floor.

I'm out of ideas on this one. Any of you fitness guys have some suggestions???

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-01-2008, 03:51 AM
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she can't do one?
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Tell her to work some benchpress if she can.
Or like you suggested...work against a wall, working her way down the wall.
This in turn keeps most of the weight at the feet.
Work up to sets of 8-12 at a time, then work her way down farther.
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if she strictly wants to work on push ups, then just do the girl push ups every day, along with trying as many regular push ups as she can with some assistance. it'll happen eventually.
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my mom was the same way....i told her to spread her feet out real wide....overtime bring her feet in as she gets stronger...

Pushups/dips/pull ups work all the same way..... the more you do the better/stronger you get. Bench press does not help you get more push up reps.

at one time i could press 325 and only do 25 push ups.


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I have started back doing pushups, super setting them with my normal resistance training routine. But I went to Walgreens and bought the "Pushup Pro" for $19.99. They add the twist to the bottom and top of the pushup. They are comparable to the "Perfect Pushup" seen here. http://www.perfectpushup.com/

They are very effective.
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Bench press does not help you get more push up reps.

at one time i could press 325 and only do 25 push ups.
It does if you're working out properly. Bench press is the exact same movement as a push up, working for reps on the bench will allow you to do more pushups. You're correct in the fact that a higher max won't necessarily equate to more push ups, but doing sets of 20+ most certainly will.

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It does if you're working out properly. Bench press is the exact same movement as a push up, working for reps on the bench will allow you to do more pushups. You're correct in the fact that a higher max won't necessarily equate to more push ups, but doing sets of 20+ most certainly will.
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well my gf was the same way and I had her do a max set of girl push-ups and she did 8 so then she started doing girl pushups in 3 sets of 4-3-2-1, every other day and then after that was easy I had her doing 3 sets of 8-6-4-2 and then after she could do those she was able to do normal push-ups and started with 4-3-2-1 again. One set was normal push-ups, second was wide push-ups, and third was narrow. each set was done in two min and rest for 2 min between each set. Hope that helps.
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-05-2008, 09:57 AM
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Try push ups against a counter top, she can change the angle with her feet to make it more or less difficult as needed.
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