Press ups

#1
Hello, i've been training to get to army entrance fitness level, my run time is coming down and I can do the 50 sit ups in 2 mins okay, however, im struggling doing press-ups for 2 mins. I thought it would be pretty easy for me as I do weights often and martial arts, but I tried it yesterday and could do 40 in under a minute but then my arms just really hurt. So I tried it again today, pacing myself abit more, but it just really hurts to be in the position for that amount of time.
Any advice would be great thanks :)
 
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#2
No worries. In the test you are allowed to rest. Do 20, rest for 10 seconds do another 20 rest some more, then bang out as many as you can. Alll you need is 50 altogether.
 
#3
Screw_The_Nut said:
No worries. In the test you are allowed to rest. Do 20, rest for 10 seconds do another 20 rest some more, then bang out as many as you can. Alll you need is 50 altogether.
Wrong. For a PFT the minimum for someone under 30 is 44 press ups and 50 sit ups..
 
#6
Soozi said:
And unless you're going in for officer selection, you don't need to do any!
Well, im off to uni to join an OTC soon and then I am actually planning to go for officer selection so I probably will need to do some :p
Thanks for the help guys, ill try out what you said.
 
#8
there's a training thing - sorry i cant remember it's name, but someone might know what im on about.

If you max effort is 40 push ups do 3 sets of 28 (about 70% of max) every day, at the end of the week go for your max effort again and you should (theoretically) be able to do more

take this as your new max, work out 70% again and continue as before.

Of course if you don't need to do selection for 3 years you probably don't need to do this.
 
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#9
Ronnie8781 said:
Wrong. For a PFT the minimum for someone under 30 is 44 press ups and 50 sit ups..
Of course you are correct, but never do the minimum as they say. 44 should be easily achievable anyways.
 
#10
Ronnie8781 said:
Screw_The_Nut said:
No worries. In the test you are allowed to rest. Do 20, rest for 10 seconds do another 20 rest some more, then bang out as many as you can. Alll you need is 50 altogether.
Wrong. For a PFT the minimum for someone under 30 is 44 press ups and 50 sit ups..
If you are going to correct someone, could at least do the decent thing and get it right yourself.
 
#11
I would play around with the way you do them as well - my pal was going to do Close Observation Platoon and they had been told the targets for loads of stuff, including press ups. The rules were you have to lower to meet a clenched fist on the floor. Everybody assumed a hammer type fist, thumb up. On the day it was palm down and so an extra inch and a half of movement. What he thought would be an easy test nearly wasted him.
 
#12
isis said:
there's a training thing - sorry i cant remember it's name, but someone might know what im on about.

If you max effort is 40 push ups do 3 sets of 28 (about 70% of max) every day, at the end of the week go for your max effort again and you should (theoretically) be able to do more

take this as your new max, work out 70% again and continue as before.
isis arent you ment to do half of your max press ups so if you can max do 40 your ment to do 20 but 4 times a day or 3 if you have less time

and surely you can push on to do thoes 4 more press ups without training
 
#13
You could be right - myself I'm just pushing to get past my personal record of twelve (terrible i know) so at the moment I just do my reps then push for an extra one.

But I believe it's maximal? so doing more then the required number is a good thing.
 
#14
A martial arts perspective on the press up.

 
#15
[quote="futuresparky]and surely you can push on to do thoes 4 more press ups without training[/quote]

Its the holding myself up in the press up position for 2 minutes that was worrying me. But if you're allowed to rest in it i'll be a-ok I reckon :D
 
#16
im 110% sure its 44 press ups in 2 mins for officer selection and 50 sit ups in 2 mins and u can place ur knees on the floor 2 rest but ur not allowed 2 take ur hands off the mat or move them a inch
 
#17
Knuck1ez said:
im 110% sure its 44 press ups in 2 mins for officer selection and 50 sit ups in 2 mins and u can place ur knees on the floor 2 rest but ur not allowed 2 take ur hands off the mat or move them a inch
Wrong im afraid chap.

You can even stand up for a break if you want to now. Basically, any method of doing 44 proper press ups in 2 minutes, is fine.

50 sit ups is correct.

Oh, and be advised that those are minimum standards.

Prae
 
#18
I'm completely shit at pressups as well mate, but the best thing I found was to just bang out as many a day as I possibly could, until you physically collapse because your arms have worked themselves stupid. Make sure you warm down if you're maxing yourself out, otherwise you'll do yourself injury.

I just did that for a few weeks and it gave me enough of an improvement to pass a PFT (though I will admit i still found it tough on the pressups)! Situps I can do all day.

Just keep at it.
 
#19
I had rubbish upper body strength when I was 19 - struggling to chin the bar, 15 push ups seemed a lot. I took eight pennies and started building eight sets of fifteen into my routine - do 15, shave, do 15, put on spuds, do 15.....Then I upped it to 20, and so on. At the peak of the lunacy I was doing 8 sets of fifty twice a day and could explode off the floor so violently I could get a leg under and just about stand up. It really is just a question of working at it. Most people would say that I should have been taking days off between efforts, and they'd be right, although I did get good at them (and had a ridiculous outer tricep that at the time I thought looked pretty cool).

For variety wear a day sack full of magazines (porn is good because they add clay to the mix so it is quite dense), bend forward at the waist and shuffle it right up behind your head. Increases the difficulty dramatically and they seem like a piece of p**s without the weight.
 

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