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  • #16
    Originally posted by JoshH View Post
    Mini-mi,

    It might be time to work on your reading comprehension skills mate. The OP asked how she could get her first pushup, as she is currently unable to do any at all. She didn't ask how she could get to sets of 100 pushups, and I didn't suggest she work her bench press to 300lbs and in the process acquire a rotator cuff injury. Try engaging your brain next time you respond to a post.
    JoshH,

    Sorry your offended by my response. I am perfectly aware of what the OP posted and her stated goal. Once again you recommended a movement that is performed lying down, while I gave her a resource that enabled me to attain great results in the exact movement she is interested in. Nor did I say that you must work towards a 300 lb bench to acquire a rotator cuff injury. In point of fact, I recommend against benching at any weight because it will result in injury. I've into fitness for over 40 years and done every kind from triathlons to powerlifting so take my advise for what you think it's worth or ignore. Makes no real difference to me

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    • #17
      a three phase push up is done in three phases

      essentially you start in the push up position, lower your whole body to the floor so that you are lying on your stomach, release your hands and move them like a snow angel then back to the push up position, and push your whole body up like a push up from the floor. You can use your knees to help you if you need.
      Starting waist measurement: 36". Current 35". First Goal 33".
      Starting backsquat: 50lbs. Current squat: 132lbs.

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      • #18
        Alexis you mentioned you think you're doing your incline push ups wrong? Can you explain? Someone mentioned negatives and they work really well. Work up to being able to count to 30 on the way down to the floor. Start at counting to 5 or 10 and go from there.

        Also if you want to get good at something do it everyday. Heck do it twice a day! Someone on here is going to say OMG!! Twice a day you can't do that! You have no recovery time but the fact is at this level your muscles are already strong enough (unless you are over weight) for you to do a push up but you need to train the central nervous system to adapt to the movement.

        And if you aren't at your goal weight yet, rinse and repeat. These are push ups and twice a day is perfectly fine.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by Iron Will View Post
          Alexis you mentioned you think you're doing your incline push ups wrong? Can you explain? Someone mentioned negatives and they work really well. Work up to being able to count to 30 on the way down to the floor. Start at counting to 5 or 10 and go from there.
          I'm not really certain I'm doing the incline push-ups wrong, I just figured that I was since Mark's primal blueprint fitness PDF places incline push-ups as the level after knee push-ups, and I can do 30 incline but only six knee push-ups. The numbers just seem off, that's all. Then again my father says he's always seen incline push-ups as the progression before, not after, knee push-ups.

          I'm going to start doing negatives with counting tomorrow morning. I sometimes do something similar with pull-ups (since I can't do those either yet).

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          • #20
            Have you tried gamer pushups? You are in pushup position, you then go all the way done and allow your body to rest completely on the ground you then once you are ready proceed to do the pushup. I undunderstand these may be tough but it might be enough to make it all the way up as oppsed to fully supporting your body weight for the duration?

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            • #21
              Originally posted by paint94979 View Post
              Have you tried gamer pushups? You are in pushup position, you then go all the way done and allow your body to rest completely on the ground you then once you are ready proceed to do the pushup. I undunderstand these may be tough but it might be enough to make it all the way up as oppsed to fully supporting your body weight for the duration?
              As of yet, I can't do these, though gamer push-ups and three phase push-ups seem to be the best to work on after I get good enough at negatives (which is coincidentally the first half of gamer push-ups).

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              • #22
                Incline push-ups really depend on the angle more than anything. What you can do is while doing your incline push ups, try pushing yourself back up to standing. That will train your explosive strength which in turn will help with your force production in your regular push ups. So push as fast as you can and breathe out as fast as you can to push your self up to standing from a slight incline push up. Once the angle gets easy, make the angle a little sharper and do it again.

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                • #23
                  I would also try negative push ups (I've been doing this lately with single arms in an attempt to be able to do one arm push ups).

                  Basically get yourself in push up position and slowly lower yourself. Do this as many times as you can (even if you can't push up into this position, you can place your hands on the floor and step backward until you're in position, or start with a knee push up and when you're in the up position raise your knees).

                  Negatives are a great way of gaining strength!

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                  • #24
                    Update: I started negative push-ups. This morning I was able to do two sets of three. The last few I couldn't lower myself smoothly, so I sort of just fell at the last bit. Just now I did four (not in a row), all without falling--speed was consistent all the way down, and I was able to count to four or five (seconds? Probably quicker, though) on the way down. I'm pretty happy with this so far.

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                    • #25
                      Originally posted by Alexis47 View Post
                      I'm not really certain I'm doing the incline push-ups wrong, I just figured that I was since Mark's primal blueprint fitness PDF places incline push-ups as the level after knee push-ups, and I can do 30 incline but only six knee push-ups. The numbers just seem off, that's all. Then again my father says he's always seen incline push-ups as the progression before, not after, knee push-ups.

                      I'm going to start doing negatives with counting tomorrow morning. I sometimes do something similar with pull-ups (since I can't do those either yet).
                      Mark has YouTube videos showing proper form, have you watched any of those?

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                      • #26
                        Originally posted by Breezy111 View Post
                        Mark has YouTube videos showing proper form, have you watched any of those?
                        Yes, I've seen all of them that I know of.

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