i cant seem to work myself up to one handed push ups, any tips?

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    Sep 15, 2009 2:12 AM GMT
    i am already doing elevated leg push ups, but as hard as i try i cant seem to do one handed push ups, does anyone have any tips to help me work up to them? icon_question.gif
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    Sep 15, 2009 2:46 AM GMT
    You don't have to dear! icon_neutral.gif
  • UncleverName

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    Sep 15, 2009 5:09 AM GMT
    Can you do them with your legs lowered and your upper body raised? Like, put your pegs on the ground, and one arm on a bench to do them.

    As in, if you make it easier, can you do them? Try that, and then work your way up to them.
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    Sep 15, 2009 6:17 AM GMT
    You need a good bit of upper body strength. You're asking 1 arm to raise and lower your full body weight. Keep changing it up...do the same things over and over again you'll get the same results.
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    Sep 15, 2009 6:35 AM GMT
    Try wide knees or legs... I'd start on your knees first... put your hand in the middle of your chest and your body will contort a little doing them because of the angle... but if you do wide knee thing it should help.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Sep 15, 2009 9:22 AM GMT
    I agree. Try a tripod wide leg stance, one arm in the middle- you can do it!
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    Sep 16, 2009 5:54 AM GMT
    Try using your spare arm as a stabilizer, placing as much weight as possible on the arm you are working with. It'll help to get you used to the entire weight on one arm.

    Wide legged stance really does help too.
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    Sep 16, 2009 6:08 AM GMT
    either way they are horrible for your rotator cuff...
    if you want some of the benefit of them and less risk just do pushups with one hand resting on a medicine ball to anchor yourself and keep your arms wide and focus all the weight on the arm on the ground... =]

    shoulder issues are no fun (what may not hurt you now could hurt you in 10 years)
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    Sep 17, 2009 11:01 AM GMT
    Hmmmmmm thanks, I should be able to get up to one handed push ups soon, and I'll take it easy on my rotator cuff icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 18, 2009 8:50 AM GMT
    Why do them? What does it accomplish? How does it make you stronger? What is the point? There might be a point, I am just asking the question.
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    Sep 19, 2009 11:58 PM GMT
    I just do regular push ups and that does enough for me.
  • Ironman4U

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    Sep 20, 2009 12:12 AM GMT
    JWSD...you ask "Why do them? What do they accomplish?"

    I would say that it is definitely a personal goal thing...but they would help you build "functional" strength in your arms (and core) if you're doing them correctly. I suppose, there could be some ego or bragging rights for doing them too...if that is important to you.
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    Sep 21, 2009 1:53 AM GMT
    I used to do them regularly only because Crocodile Dundee could do them; so I thought I should too.


    They are really hard on the shoulders, consider skipping this idea.icon_neutral.gif
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    Sep 21, 2009 1:57 AM GMT
    Go for it buddy. Nothing in life is more satisfying then achieving a personal goal even it is simple or just flat out near impossible.

    Once you accomplish doing it once up the bar a bit and see if you can do 3 in a row as a personal goal.

    I guarantee you feel much better about yourself.