Press-ups. simple question...

#1
I was reading through the training programme to get you prepared for the adsc and it says for press-ups "Hands shoulder width apart". However, i cannot do press-ups with my hands like this, i have to put them slightly wider, would this be acceptable?
tbh i can only do about 12 even with my hands wider :(, well its better than the ZERO i could do before...
 
#3
TOONarmySOLDIER said:
I was reading through the training programme to get you prepared for the adsc and it says for press-ups "Hands shoulder width apart". However, i cannot do press-ups with my hands like this, i have to put them slightly wider, would this be acceptable?
tbh i can only do about 12 even with my hands wider :(, well its better than the ZERO i could do before...
Thanks for your help but I've done my bit. BTW, 12? Yes, better than zero but only just. :wink:
 
#4
I find some PTI's don't mind and other PTI's can be very strict about hand placement.

Therefore, practise! If you can't do a single press-up by the book, start on your knees ("Girl press-ups"), or with your hands on a bed and build up.
 
#5
TOONarmySOLDIER said:
I was reading through the training programme to get you prepared for the adsc and it says for press-ups "Hands shoulder width apart". However, i cannot do press-ups with my hands like this, i have to put them slightly wider, would this be acceptable?
tbh i can only do about 12 even with my hands wider :(, well its better than the ZERO i could do before...
Thanks for your help but I've done my bit. BTW, 12? Yes, better than zero but only just. :wink:

It depends if the PTI has a heart and loves young people..... If some are struggling to attain a basic standard he/she (or he-she) may let you cheat a little with a wider stance. Then again he/she may not have been laid in months and find you struggling over a couple of press ups quite arrousing. BTW, the narrow stance is crap, it hits the triceps.
 
#7
Just work on your triceps and you'll be fine. Once you can knock out ten without a pause then you will be able to construct some sort of press up training.
 
#8
Practice. Do 10 or 20 if you're watching TV and the ads come on, if you feel a little bored, when you get up in the morning, whatever. Just practice a lot and you'll notice improvement.
 
#9
i just pushed out 15 (struggled) with my arms very slightly wider than shoulder width but not as wide as usual.
it is harder but its because i have long arms, so i bet they would cut me a but of slack, well more i hope haha.
thanks for your repies guys :1:
 
#10
Keep your shoulders the way they should be, in my opinion 5 correct ones are better than 15 incorrect ones. You may get into the habit of doing them the wrong way. Just advice, well done on your 15, now keep going, it's the only way!
Good luck in Selection. :D :thumright:
 
#11
TOONarmySOLDIER said:
i think its because i have long arms (and skinny ;)) that makes it harder to do it in the narrow position. oh well, ill just have to practice...
Tall and skinny as are lots of serving soldiers. Quit the excuses, and do them properly. Train hard and fight easy ;-)
 
#12
Anyone develop elbow pain doing it by the book? I find I've got to put my arms a litte further appart to ease that, but I don't know why.
 
#16
milsum said:
Anyone develop elbow pain doing it by the book? I find I've got to put my arms a litte further appart to ease that, but I don't know why.
i didnt have this before, but when i started doing it by the book my elboys did start to crack and hurt a bit. so i think its normal, maybe its becaue most people train themselves to do it the wrong way (arms wider) your elboys aren't used to the weight/pressure...
 
#17
If you do 4 sets of ten, then work your way up during a few weeks, you will get better and better.

Very good thing to do is the bench press too. Make sure your doing less heavy and more reps, but not too light :D

I used to do bodybuilding so i know what to do. Need to get back into it to be ready!
 
#18
DaPs said:
If you do 4 sets of ten, then work your way up during a few weeks, you will get better and better.

Very good thing to do is the bench press too. Make sure your doing less heavy and more reps, but not too light :D

I used to do bodybuilding so i know what to do. Need to get back into it to be ready!
i go to the gym and on the bench i do 10 reps and when i can do that comfortably i move up weight, not do more reps. i think thats why istruggle to get past 10 press us haha.
but you see between 1-8 reps is for power, 8-12 reps is for muscle size and power and 12-20+ reps is for toning/burning fat around muscles.
so because i am skinny i do 10 reps, but with this you have to practise press ups as an extra.
benching has helped me in my press ups but doing 10 reps doesnt give yu endurance which is a problem...
 
#19
TOONarmySOLDIER said:
i just pushed out 15 (struggled) with my arms very slightly wider than shoulder width but not as wide as usual.
it is harder but its because i have long arms, so i bet they would cut me a but of slack, well more i hope haha.
thanks for your repies guys :1:
Hmmm..the last PFT (in Dec) I did, the rules had changed. Hands have to be level with the shoulders but not necessarily shoulder width and you can now take your hands off the mat without failing. As long as you bang out 44 in two minutes you're fine. This was with a PTI who had only recently been on his course and was switched on as fcuk.
 
#20
With weights, figure out sets to reps ratio that works firstly. For building strength i would say 3-5 sets of 8. Start on a weight you can manage, then when it gets easy move up a weight.

If you want mass then you should use the heaviest weight possible. For strength it is pretty much the same.

Remember, more imporantly than doing weights, you need to eat right to gain strength and size. Do a little research and you'll thank yourself later for it.
 

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