Can't start working out, I can barely do pushups.

  • nightheat

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    May 05, 2014 2:30 AM GMT
    How do I make progress when I'm too weak to push my body off the floor, I'm not even that fat, I'm just weak.

    What to do besides push ups to build chest & arm muscle
  • tj85016

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    May 05, 2014 8:52 AM GMT
    try starting by doing push-ups from your knees instead of you toes
  • buddycat

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    May 05, 2014 9:08 AM GMT
    Yes, nothing wrong with sissy pushups. I did them but now am doing regular. Bench press is best for that I think. Get a bench and some weights or join a gym. You can regulate the weight you start with, less than your body weight. I am currently doing 90-100 pounds, 5 x 10.
  • muscle_dude

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    May 05, 2014 10:48 AM GMT

    Your "problem" (which really isn't a problem) is easily solved. Pushing your own bodyweight off the floor is not a particularly easy exercise - so don't be bothered at all that that is tough for you.

    Start with a couple of pairs of dumbbells at home or a gym. Do the basics - bench press, bicep curls, shoulder press, bent over rows and some lunges. Eat properly and your strength (and prob your size too) will increase fast.

    Of course, if you've got the cash - do a few sessions with a trainer at the gym. You'll get good value out of a few sessions.
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    May 05, 2014 11:36 AM GMT
    buddycat saidsissy pushups.


    Was that really necessary?

    Why not call them what they are: starter pushups!
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  • HndsmKansan

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    May 05, 2014 11:47 AM GMT
    I remember in the fall of 2010, I had a freak staph infection (boy was that ever a learning experience). I had to spend 10 days in the hospital and when I came home even walking up the stairs from my basement was a challenge.

    It is all in the mind. I was absolutely determined to restore my former great health by getting back into exercise as soon as I got rid of my wound vac, which was on my arm. About 2 weeks, then I started. It was very hard at first... only 10 push ups, by in 2 or 3 weeks, I was doing 25 or 30. I returned to the gym and 3 months later I looked much more like myself and was doing the vast majority of my exercises. My surgeon was just amazed.

    Don't EVER tell yourself you can't do it... just get in there and make it happen!
  • wareagle99

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    May 05, 2014 1:32 PM GMT
    nightheat saidHow do I make progress when I'm too weak to push my body off the floor, I'm not even that fat, I'm just weak.

    What to do besides push ups to build chest & arm muscle


    You'll get better advice from others than you will me, but keep trying every day and you will have amazing progress.

    I would try bench pressing the 45 lb. bar and keep adding reps. start with one and add one every day.

    then get some light dumbbells and start doing curls. Just add a rep everyday.

    even though you didn't mention legs, do some air squats and add a rep every day. you will start getting some strength.

    Look up youtube videos for different exercises.

    Just keep at it. good luck.
  • Destinharbor

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    May 05, 2014 2:20 PM GMT
    All ^^^ good advice and exactly right. One thing I'd caution you on, though, is to not use the barbell without someone there to "spot" you. Just stick with dumbbells until you know your way around the gym and have gotten some strength. Too many guys start there and get frustrated and it really can be dangerous if someone isn't spotting you. The good news is you'll be amazed how quickly you get strength and tone. But you've got to do the work. Just wishing for it won't make it happen.
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    May 05, 2014 2:23 PM GMT
    tj85016 saidtry starting by doing push-ups from your knees instead of you toes


    That is how I started, then to 1-2 push ups. Now I can do 30-40 at once. It takes time to build strength. Take it one push up at a time. Also do chest and shoulder exercises to make then stronger.
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    May 05, 2014 2:26 PM GMT
    make it your aim and goal to be able to do a set number you want to then your mind frame will be set to help you accomplish
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    May 05, 2014 2:37 PM GMT
    Not being able to do a push up is no reason to not work out... its a reason to workout.

    Never give up.
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    May 05, 2014 2:46 PM GMT
    Pick things up and put them down.
  • peterstrong

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    May 05, 2014 3:11 PM GMT


    Find a chinning bar or a tree branch and just hang from it for as long as u can, take a break and do it again as many times as u can but not more than a half hr on your chosen exercise day - just that exercise alone is the beginning u need to start to develop those needed muscles to do push ups and pull ups, do it as long as u can every other day giving your muscles a day off to build themselves. Rest and proper food are also good things to build muscles with after any exercise - don't worry about going any faster, u will get there : )

  • wellwell

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    May 05, 2014 3:16 PM GMT




    In just 90 days, you'll feel totally different!


    If you're self-conscious, just remember, everyone started @ some point; go to your gym during the off-hours. Tell yourself that the soreness FEELS GOOD; because, it does! Don't forget, if your making gains ––AT ALL––
    you are working as hard as anyone else in the gym!!
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    May 05, 2014 3:45 PM GMT
    What tj85016 said.

    I started with the Passion4Profession app so that I could do it in the quiet of my own room. They have timed exercises with rests and show you what to do, with a calendar to keep you on track.

    I run now more than do muscle workouts. It's the same principle. Start off small, smaller than you might think. My first run lasted 5 minutes. I made sure to stop before I felt I'd gone anywhere so that I was looking forward to the next one and didn't get disheartened by going too fast too soon. Now I'm doing marathons.

    Good luck on your journey! Be sure to check in on the forums to update us, and inspire someone else who is starting out.

    Here's an overview of the P4P knee push-up workout http://www.passion4profession.net/en/chest-exercises/knee-push-ups-hands-as-chest-width.html
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    May 05, 2014 4:15 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said
    buddycat saidsissy pushups.


    Was that really necessary?

    Why not call them what they are: starter pushups!
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    Value judgments aside, I have NEVER heard them referred to as "starter" pushups. Give this a read for the dangers of euphemisms, however "worthy," written by one who certainly knew:
    https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/orwell46.htm

    As for your exercising, whatever you choose to call it, hang in there and you'll be just fine. With apologies to Mr. Orwell, "Rome wasn't built in a day."
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    May 05, 2014 4:32 PM GMT
    Just because you haven't heard them referred to as starter push-ups doesn't mean no else has. I haven't heard them described as "sissy" push ups before and I was shocked at such a crude and demeaning description. Totally juvenile and uncalled for.

  • tj85016

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    May 05, 2014 5:01 PM GMT
    antinbath saidWhat tj85016 said.

    I started with the Passion4Profession app so that I could do it in the quiet of my own room. They have timed exercises with rests and show you what to do, with a calendar to keep you on track.

    I run now more than do muscle workouts. It's the same principle. Start off small, smaller than you might think. My first run lasted 5 minutes. I made sure to stop before I felt I'd gone anywhere so that I was looking forward to the next one and didn't get disheartened by going too fast too soon. Now I'm doing marathons.

    Good luck on your journey! Be sure to check in on the forums to update us, and inspire someone else who is starting out.

    Here's an overview of the P4P knee push-up workout http://www.passion4profession.net/en/chest-exercises/knee-push-ups-hands-as-chest-width.html


    excellent advise, I just do body weight exercises now and have eliminated the weights entirely
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    May 05, 2014 5:26 PM GMT
    Hm, if you're weak it could be something diet related, or physiologically related, so try and get that checked out as well. As others say, if push ups are too hard just do knee push ups, or maybe start using really light weights at first; push ups are hard anyways, i can only do like 20 - 30 max, maybe 40 in one go.

    Also don't get discouraged by not being able to do what you think others can do easily, just concentrate on improving, and tracking results. If I were in a gym training someone who couldn't do half of what I was doing, I wouldn't care less or judge them, doesn't even phase me really.

    Just keep at it, and keep your will to get healthier sharp
  • BAHBAA

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    May 05, 2014 5:38 PM GMT
    got to start somewhere, if thats only a couple push ups at a time then so be it.
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    May 05, 2014 6:23 PM GMT
    There is some good advice here.

    I would just start with body weight only. As someone said, you can even start by pushing yourself off a wall - stand with your feet slightly moved away from the wall and do a couple of reps (or just one) and then build from there.

    I had a friend do this and he has progressed from the wall to doing full pushups. Just be consistent and keep to a routine.
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    May 05, 2014 7:06 PM GMT
    buddycat saidYes, nothing wrong with sissy pushups.

    When I was a kid they were called girl's pushups.
  • buddycat

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    May 05, 2014 7:14 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said
    buddycat saidsissy pushups.


    Was that really necessary?

    Why not call them what they are: starter pushups!
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    I have been doing sissy pushups up until very recently where I notice I can now do regular pushups. I never heard them called starter pushups and never thought anything wrong with them. Perhaps they are called that since straight guys are a little embarrassed about doing push-ups like a girl.
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    May 05, 2014 7:15 PM GMT
    No worries, buddy... many of us started from the same place. Here's a suggestion:

    Do starter pushups (on knees)

    Within a very short time you will be able to do regular push-ups. Keep at it, be consistent, and soon you will go from 1 pushup to 5 to 10 to 20 ... to 50 and eventually to 100.

    Seriously, you can do 100, all you need is time, practice, and consistency.

    Also, start lifting weights

    And keep at it... it may take a while to see changes, but you will, just don't give up
  • buddycat

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    May 05, 2014 7:22 PM GMT
    LittleDudeWithMuscles saidNo worries, buddy... many of us started from the same place. Here's a suggestion:

    Do starter pushups (on knees)

    Within a very short time you will be able to do regular push-ups. Keep at it, be consistent, and soon you will go from 1 pushup to 5 to 10 to 20 ... to 50 and eventually to 100.

    Seriously, you can do 100, all you need is time, practice, and consistency.

    Also, start lifting weights

    And keep at it... it may take a while to see changes, but you will, just don't give up


    Maybe not even worry about pushups. Maybe just start out doing dumbell bench press instead? You can start out with less weights, perhaps 3 sets of 10 using 1/3 your body weight or maybe a little less?