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Bodyweight exercises depend on, well, your body weight--specifically, how much strength you have relative to the weight you are moving. If it makes you feel better, when I started out I couldn't do more than five push-ups nor more than one pull-up. Now I can do at least 20 push-ups in a set (I have not actually tried doing them until exhaustion) and about ...


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The first question I would have to ask you is are you 40 kg or less? The reason you have a hard time with these body weight exercises is because the resistance of your body is more than you are currently used to. As you get stronger, you will be able to do more. Before I started losing weight, I could barely get 5 push ups at 138 kg body weight, but now I ...


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John Scheaffer, in his e-book "The Greyskull LP," suggests that frequency method bodyweight exercise can be added to a linear progression (LP) with good result. Most importantly, the higher volume of bodyweight exercise can help with upper body hypertrophy. Scheaffer suggests never getting close to failure on frequency method bodyweight exercise. For ...


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The most true "opposite" exercise to the push-up is the let me up, or inverted row. These preserve the posture, bodyweight aspect, and arm positioning of push-ups for a true mirror-image exercise. The barbell row's different form (arched back, pulling toward lower ribs) works muscles farther down the back that are silent in push-ups.


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I think they are suited to different fitness goals. Since your goal is to increase the number of consecutive pushups, I would recommend option 2. This removes the fear of performing pushups over time (personal experience). conditions your body to performing pushups. allows your body to maintain relatively high metabolism throughout the day (if done at ...



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