Pressups

#1
Hi , I am thinking of joining the army and I understand that 'pressups' form a key part of the training itnery while in :lol: . I regularly go to the gym, and lift weights . I also do quite a bit of running so I don't have too much muscle bulk. Despite this I can only get thirty out, thirty five on a good day.What is odd is I can get sixteen good quality wide grip pullups which suggests arm strength /body weight isn't the problem.

A bloke at the gym says it coz I have long arms and my shoulders and back are helping me with the pullups. Is their any way to improve my press up output? as only being able to do thirty is well, a bit gay isn't it. 8O
 
#2
um...Do lots of them? All the time...Sort of like training perhaps?? Every once and a while just bang out 15 or 20, and do this a lot during the day. Do some now!
GIVE ME 20 GOOD ONES!
....I wonder if that worked....
But seriously, just keep doing them and you'll get better.

T C
 
#3
with press ups you just got keep increaseing them slolwy like aim to do2sets of 20 then rest then rep out train 3 or 4 timesa week i am lucky i quite good at them . but we do loads at karate an jujitsu in hour we can get through 6 or 7 set of 20 full propper press up so just keep trying but remmber to rest and dont over do it !

like with the run do 3 for 4 miles 3 times awekk keep at it ok good luck it fun honest

pain hurts but as a para friend of mine says it just the weakness leaving your body so grin and bear it! good luck hope that helps
 
#4
pipster said:
pain hurts but as a para friend of mine says it just the weakness leaving your body so grin and bear it! good luck hope that helps
You seem like a decent guy, but do you have to use that quote. Really, I mean, really, it's such an inane piece of sh1t.

I just do 3 sets of press-ups to failure every other day for steady improvement. "Tactics" such as doing smaller sets of 10-15 with small breaks rather than straight off to failure in your assessment MAY help you to do more in 2 minutes than you might think. It depends on body shape. Also incorporate chin ups and tricep dips into your regime to help build up your tris. By the sounds of it, you have developed your biceps/brachialis/teres region and lats by doing wide-grip pull ups, which will not help with press-ups, in fact the added bulk will work against the tricep. My advice would be to stop doing pull ups on the bar for a while and swap to chins.
 
#5
you know in the test where they give you 2mins to do 40 press ups can you take a rest or does it have to be stright away.
I can do around 30 in about 50 to 60 sec then i need around a 20second rest.
 
#7
I do 6 sets of 30 when Im at the gym, interspersed with other exercises, just to work the 'tiredness' out of the chest. Once you get used to doing a number like that regularly, its not much of a stretch to pump out another 20 in the remainder of the 2 minutes (when doing the Army's basic fitness test). And once youve done them, just keep going in 10's, then 5's, then 1's etc. A lot of it's psychology I spose. I can sympathise, being a gym going lad that used to be shite at them myself. I guess its also muscle memory, getting the body used to distributing the load in certain ways on the shoulders and arms etc.

Burton said:
You refer to "continuous motion" style. It is not like that. You may rest with your knees on the ground when you need to.
Really? I thought it was the same over here as in Australia (you can rest by going into the 'up' position and bending your back, but your knees cant touch the ground)?.
 
#9
Ive herd of people doing weighted pressups any one know how ?
I tryed stickinga weight from my dumbel on my back but it kept on falling of.
any one know if you can buy something to do these?
 
#10
scouser06 said:
Ive herd of people doing weighted pressups any one know how ?
I tryed stickinga weight from my dumbel on my back but it kept on falling of.
any one know if you can buy something to do these?
Why not just wear a rucksack with weight in and do them?
 
#11
scouser06 said:
Ive herd of people doing weighted pressups any one know how ?
I tryed stickinga weight from my dumbel on my back but it kept on falling of.
any one know if you can buy something to do these?

WaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaH
 
#12
mas30518 said:
scouser06 said:
Ive herd of people doing weighted pressups any one know how ?
I tryed stickinga weight from my dumbel on my back but it kept on falling of.
any one know if you can buy something to do these?
Why not just wear a rucksack with weight in and do them?
Or try elevating your legs, putting your hands closer together, doing claps in between, or just using one arm (tricky). Then try doing all those things at once.
 
#13
For the two minute test do a set of say 13, have a rest, a set of 12, have a rest, a set of 11 etc.
it works the test doesnt say do them all together.

A good press up circuit is to do 25 press ups, 4 heaves, 10 sit ups, 24 press ups, 4 heaves, 10 sit ups, 23 press ups, 4 heaves, 10 sit ups.

press ups come on heaps. try verying the type of press up with incline, declines etc.

quite cheeky, i once ruined a pt corps qmsi with that one. although to be fair he had just whipped me on a run.
 
#14
codhead582 said:
For the two minute test do a set of say 13, have a rest, a set of 12, have a rest, a set of 11 etc.
it works the test doesnt say do them all together.

A good press up circuit is to do 25 press ups, 4 heaves, 10 sit ups, 24 press ups, 4 heaves, 10 sit ups, 23 press ups, 4 heaves, 10 sit ups.

press ups come on heaps. try verying the type of press up with incline, declines etc.

quite cheeky, i once ruined a pt corps qmsi with that one. although to be fair he had just whipped me on a run.
This is a good one, chuck in some swimming to help cardio, stamina and all round fitness, eat carefully and youll be on to a winner in no time.
 
#15
pipster said:
with press ups you just got keep increaseing them slolwy
Reminded me of a really good training routine GUARANTEED to work!!!

Day 1. Do ONE press-up! Yes, that's right, just one!

Day 2. Do TWO press-ups! Yes, that's right, just two!

Day 2. Do THREE press-ups! Yes, that's right, just three!

Carry on 'til the end of the year when you'll be able to do 365 press-ups straight off!!!

(Unless it's a leap year 8O )

Hope this helps.
 
#16
various different methods that people swear by:

1. Piss-break press-ups.
Everytime you take a piss do pressups to fatigue. Since I know you're clued up on dehydration you'll be taking on plenty of water during training hence getting a decent number won't be a problem.

2. "Max-OT(T)" style.
Basically over-training your muscles to get the maximum amount of power out of them. Do pressups to fatigue. Rest 5minutes. Do it again. And so forth. Keep going until you attempt another set and physically cannot to anymore.

3. Chinups.
Chinups, not pullups will help you build a decent core set of muscles from which to do your pressups. Pressups use the tri-cep muscles mainly, not the bicep and pullups don't work this muscle. Simply hold the bar with your hands over the top, as opposed to underneath and remember to keep your thumbs over the top too for maximum effort.

4. Pyramid sets.
sets that increase then decrease in difficulty. Try the following perhaps and increase/decrease depending on how fcuked you get:

5 pressups [20sec break] 10 [20sec break] 15 [20sec break] 20 [20sec break] 15 [20sec break] 10 [20sec break] 5 and then vomit. ;)

Best bet - try ALL of the above and see what works / gives the most improvement. I do a mixture of 2, 3, and 4. But you can play around with whatever I guess - the only problem with that is, you might be tempted to just invent a style that makes life easy for yourself, when a training regime should be making life hard for yourself constantly... Never should you feel like something is becoming easy, it should adapt to your fitness.

Excellent way of making your pressups even harder for an added challenge, do them uber-slowly... take 3 seconds to go down and 2seconds to come back up and then see how many you can do ;)
 
#17
Do you think it's easiest to do the pressups slowly but steadily or fast? I need to improve my press-ups in about 11 days - I can make the 44 in 2 minutes but I'm in bad shape at the end of it (I do 15, 15, 10, 5, 4 quite quickly) - should I try and do say 22, 22 but slow and steady? What's best for training the muscles?
 
#19
Serious question - I have been going to the gym for about 6 weeks now, every morning on most of the fancy machines, cross-trainers, cycling, and all the press up and down gizmos. I eat less and drink less but whilst it is now doing me good, I seem to put weight on. Is it true that muscle weighs more than fat and therefore I will put on weight for some time until I seriously look at my diet. at 6', 14.5 stones and over 45, I need to get fit but not overdo it.
 
#20
Bobos, don't even bother standing on the scales. Muscle does weigh more than fat so if you have corrected your diet and do cardio exercise then your weight will decrease but throw in some strengthening exercises and your weight will go up. However, it is what you like that matters - trimmer, toned, whatever you your aspiring to. Interesting article in the paper recently about how rubbish BMI measurements are and how the army still uses them.

To add another thought on the whole pressup methods debate, I have found (this is my experience but may not work for you) that doing 'slow' pressups is very effective. Basically, normal pressups but you take 3 seconds on the downward phase and then 2 seconds to go up. Do those to max once every hour during the day. Do not be surprised if you can only manage a relatively low number at the beginning. Try it for a week and then at the end of the week have a go at how many standard pressups you can do it one hit or 2 minutes - you'll be surprised at the improvement.
 

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