Pushing up the daisies
November 21, 2012 7:31 PM Subscribe
I am pretty fit but I SUCK SUCK SUCK at push-ups. Can you help me?
posted by unSane to health & fitness (23 answers total) 42 users marked this as a favorite
Here's the deal -- my cardio is excellent (resting heart rate of about 50, maybe a bit less) and my lower body is really strong from rowing and mountain biking. I don't know what my limit for squats is but it's a LOT. My core is OK -- I can do 150 situps or so if I can rest, and maybe 50 in a straight shot.
But pushups, no. I can do 10, absolute max 12, in one go. I am really limited in related weight work. For example, in chest flys or chest presses, I find even 15lbs challenging at the end of 3x8 reps. Scary, eh?
I've been trying to develop my pushups in tandem with my situps, but my situps just roared away while my pushups went nowhere.
Because of a wrist injury I have to do pushups using a dumbell as a hand grip, but it's comfortable and I don't think it makes that much difference.
I am 185lbs and 5'10, so a bit overweight but not grossly. I've lost about 15lbs in the last couple of months but it hasn't made much difference. I did go from not being able to do 1 real pushup about 2.5 months ago to where I am now, so there has been progress, but agonizingly slow.