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Old 02-23-2007, 01:16 PM
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Doing Pushups

A few people I know are in very good shape, and when I ask them how often they hit the gym, they say that all they do is pushups at home. That kind of surprised me.

How many people do pushups regurlarly? Also, what percent of your body weight is supported by your arms when doing pushups?

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Old 02-23-2007, 01:30 PM
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I've gone through phases where I'd work up to two sets of 50 an evening. Chest about 4 inches from ground. Try touching your chest lightly to the floor. At my best, I could only do maybe 20 or 30 of those.

I'm sure it's way better than nothing. Once you get good at those, try hands-stand pushups, with your body almost vertical, up against a wall.
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I am a firm believer in these types of exercises. Natural weight, natural resistance, and natural movements which keeps you toned without ending up looking like Arnold. Though I don't do pushups (I do military press instead), I do 100 situps 3 times per week.
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Old 02-23-2007, 03:14 PM
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At my local park they have workout stations.
One has 3 pushup bars at different heights.
Another has a situp bench.

I need to start going back there again. The first time I did pushups there I couldn't move my arms for 3 days.

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Old 02-23-2007, 06:46 PM
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i prefer the one armed kind.

course my right arm is getting kindof small.

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I had a friend my age that could do what he called a spring up. He would lie on the floor chest down, stretch his arms straight out ahead of him with both hands touching together above his head and his toes pointed out the back. In this position he could spring his body up off the floor arching it between his fingers and toes.

He is the only man that I have ever seen do one of these. He was not particularly strong or even in good shape. They can't be too healthy because he smoked, drank and died of a heart attack at 50 years old.
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Old 02-23-2007, 09:03 PM
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i prefer the one armed kind.

course my right arm is getting kindof small.

tom w
One armed 'pushups' ain't no good, cuz you can't clap your hands in between
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Old 02-23-2007, 09:12 PM
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Just do push ups, military press and get a set of 30 lbs or 25 lbs weights and do some dumb bell exercises and you will be set
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i prefer the one armed kind.

course my right arm is getting kindof small.

tom w
Sounds like a lobster. Can you crush Volkswagens with that left hand??
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Old 02-23-2007, 10:02 PM
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While you guys are doing push-ups, I am sitting at the computer eating a giant bowl of Blue Bell Cookies and Cream ice cream!

I did lots of push-ups during 4 years in the Marines. I still think they are worth doing.


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I had a friend my age that could do what he called a spring up. He would lie on the floor chest down, stretch his arms straight out ahead of him with both hands touching together above his head and his toes pointed out the back. In this position he could spring his body up off the floor arching it between his fingers and toes.

He is the only man that I have ever seen do one of these. He was not particularly strong or even in good shape. They can't be too healthy because he smoked, drank and died of a heart attack at 50 years old.
Howdy Kip,
Sounds like extention presses. I could do 3 or 4. A friend of mine did 10 then did a few with just one arm extended.
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Old 02-23-2007, 10:22 PM
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I use an exersize wheel. It's a 6" diameter wheel with handles on each side. The basic exersize is this. You get on your knees, grab the handles and roll out as far as you can then roll back. Do it about 10 times and STOP. Takes less than 5 minutes a day. You will streghthen the stomach muscles which will help the back.
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Old 02-24-2007, 02:16 AM
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Volodymyr Palahnyuk. The man, the myth, the legend, at the Oscars:



AKA, Jack Palance. RIP brother, one hell of a guy.

I was looking for a video of the pushup, couldn't find one but found this instead, can't tell if it's a tribute or partial spoof, but it was fun to watch again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZiI5RMuCc2U
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Old 02-24-2007, 03:33 AM
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you don't know whether to laugh or cry at a guy even thinking of doing one armed pushups at his age.

i just tried one. i sortof did one. i think i will work on it and see if i can get back to doing them correctly.

left arm only since i ruined my shoulder (right) in football in high school. to get in shape for wrestlling season i did a lot of lefty one arms til it healed enough to wrestle again.

since then my left has always been significantly stronger.

back in my younger days i surprised a lot of big guys with my left in arm wrestling contests.

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Old 02-24-2007, 04:29 AM
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(laughing at the arm wrestling)

Wow, ruined shoulder. I guess maybe it was just as well that I was a track, cross country, and basketball dude in school. I've often regretted not playing football. I was good at stealing passes in B-Ball, I might have made a good defensive back, or what, tight end?

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