How can I build up to a full push-up?

  • I've never been able to do even a proper push-up with my knees on the ground. How do I build up to even doing a modified push-up, much less a regular push-up? Is it better to only bend my arms half way or to control my drop to the floor and then allow my back to bend when I lift myself up again?

    berus07   by: berus07
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    sabbatha  over 1 year ago by: sabbatha

    When I joined the navy I had this problem. They had me start against a wall. Angle out till it's hard but not impossible. As those get easier angle out more and more. Then you can do them with your hands on a coffee table or something else sort of low. Finally you'll be able to make it to the ground. If I can, anyone can. it takes patience, but I was finally able to do regular pushups, and not the on the knees ones either.

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    YankDownUnder  over 1 year ago by: YankDownUnder

    Don't bend your back when you lift yourself up again, you could cause damage. Form is more important than quantity in any exercise. Otherwise, sabbatha has hit it on the head :)

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