Press ups...How important are they?

#1
Hi all. I am going to the army careers office in leeds next monday to apply and was just wondering what exercises are important during selection. I am not the fittest guy in the world but I can do most exercises apart from press ups. I don't know what it is but I am just terrible at press ups, I can barely do one, yes thats right ONE. But I can do most other exercises and I don't have particularly weak arms. IS there a specific way of doing them? and Are they that important during selection?
 
#6
basically mate have a look on youtube most are the same...just try as hard as you can!...maybe start by doing them on your knees? or hands on your stair looking up?...if you still struggle do pullups to build up some shoulder muscle should help you a bit...try not do hit the wieghts i.e. bench/shoulder press as the same results your after can be achieved without...determination is key here dont give up as results will come good luck mate, PM me if you need help :)
 
#7
Its just wierd because I can do everything else. I can do sit ups, pull ups, running, carrying heavy weights (I read there was a jerry can carry) and other stuff. I think I must just be doign them wrong. my brother is goign to the AFC Harrogate this year and he said a guy puts his fist on the ground and your chest has to go down to it, is that correct?
 
#8
Try sacking it and buying an X Box and a pizza.
 
#9
Closet_Jibber said:
Try sacking it and buying an X Box and a pizza.
Ha ha thats helpful. Oh and thanks for the the help white_rabbit, didn't think of youtube, no way am I gonna let a press up stop me from joining. Oh and if anyone knows or remembers how many press ups do you have to do in selection?
 
#10
FatBoyGeorge said:
Well, considering they will be part of your physical assessment, I would say that they are very important.
BIPOLAR77 said:
Best get practicing m8, you will need them for the BPFA
It's no longer an assessment/BPFA its a personal fitness test (PFT).

If you are a bloke you need to do 44 in two minutes (22 if you are a bird) and thats proper press ups not the weird break danceing moves with your arse in the air some people try.
 
#11
stacker1 said:
FatBoyGeorge said:
Well, considering they will be part of your physical assessment, I would say that they are very important.
BIPOLAR77 said:
Best get practicing m8, you will need them for the BPFA
It's no longer an assessment/BPFA its a personal fitness test (PFT).

If you are a bloke you need to do 44 in two minutes (22 if you are a bird) and thats proper press ups not the weird break danceing moves with your arse in the air some people try.
44? Wow, that seems a lot in 2 minutes.
 
#12
AntaeusUK said:
44? Wow, that seems a lot in 2 minutes.
Thats just the minimum.
 

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#13
AntaeusUK said:
stacker1 said:
FatBoyGeorge said:
Well, considering they will be part of your physical assessment, I would say that they are very important.
BIPOLAR77 said:
Best get practicing m8, you will need them for the BPFA
It's no longer an assessment/BPFA its a personal fitness test (PFT).

If you are a bloke you need to do 44 in two minutes (22 if you are a bird) and thats proper press ups not the weird break danceing moves with your arse in the air some people try.
44? Wow, that seems a lot in 2 minutes.
Nah, its not. 70-80 is easily doable in that time. Less so for sit ups in my case, as I'm sh it at them. Can do the minimum though.
 
#14
stacker1 said:
AntaeusUK said:
44? Wow, that seems a lot in 2 minutes.
Thats just the minimum.
Tell it how it is. Thats for fannies!

Any less than 65 and your pathetic and should die.

Assuming you are younger than 21.
 
#16
If you can't do 44 press-ups in two minutes then you will have problems when it comes to carrying loads or holding a rifle into your shoulder for a long period.

I suspect you can do more than one, you just think you can't. Try as much as you can, then when you're knackered hold yourself up, then try some more. Make sure you've got the proper form, and just keep doing them; practice makes perfect.

Some of the smallest, skinniest, most unlikely-looking people you'll ever see can do 44 press-ups in two minutes; give it some practice and you'll be there.
 
#17
AntaeusUK said:
44? Wow, that seems a lot in 2 minutes.
Its not. The only way to get good at press ups is practice, shit bust. Plus I have never had someone with their fist under my chest for pressups. It certainly isnt a requirement for the Personal Fitness Test. Dont worry about PFT's yet though.

I dont know about recently but when I went through RSC (ADSC) we were not required to do pressups at any point.

Try doing a best effort set 4 times a day to build it up.
 
#18
Old_Gregg said:
AntaeusUK said:
44? Wow, that seems a lot in 2 minutes.
Its not. The only way to get good at press ups is practice, s*** bust. Plus I have never had someone with their fist under my chest for pressups. It certainly isnt a requirement for the Personal Fitness Test. Dont worry about PFT's yet though.

I dont know about recently but when I went through RSC (ADSC) we were not required to do pressups at any point.

Try doing a best effort set 4 times a day to build it up.
Yea see this is the problem. There are so many conflicting accoutns of what has to be done that it is difficult to know what to expect.
 
#20
44 in 2 mins is the minimum and really isnt hard to achieve, if you cant do that you need to seriously get cracking on with the training mate, upper body strength is paramount.
 

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