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Fitness Poll: Do You Do Push-ups?

Do You Do Push-Ups?

A lot of women can't do many (or any) push-ups, often resulting in failing initial fitness tests. Is this a result of simply just being a woman, or of not strength training enough? I think the latter and a recent SF Gate article details how commonplace it is for women to often shy away from push-ups while sticking to the more feminine cardio machines, leaving the push ups to the men.

I have to say I am guilty of this. Yes, I will do the occasional push up, but I know I need to do more if I am looking to improve my overall strength. My husband on the other hand, will do push-ups until the cows come home, but try and get that man on a treadmill and you've got another thing coming for ya.

So of course I'm curious — what about you guys, do you do push-ups?


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behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
And yes, I do wish that I could do them! My arms are just not strong enough :(
behemoth_the_cat behemoth_the_cat 9 years
I absolutely HATE push-ups!! There was a time when I did do them as part of my training for track and field, but it was always my least-favorite exercise....
carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
i have been doing strength training for my upper body for years, and i STILL suck at push-ups.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
It certainly does NOT make boobs more perky.
mllechantal3 mllechantal3 9 years
it makes your boobs more perky :)
texgirl texgirl 9 years
i can't seem to do more than 10 ... in my workout classes the instructors make us but i collapse after a few. i'm such a weakling ...
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 9 years
Usually I don't but sometimes they just seem easier and more do-able to me.
eclecticFLgirl eclecticFLgirl 9 years
I do 2 sets of 20 "real" push-ups then I do at least 10 "girl" push-ups every day plus 2 sets of 24 bicep curls w/lunges. Doing the lunges/bicep curls together saves time, plus it doesn't seem as tiring because you're doing both at the same time and your mind is busy so it doesn't have time to think about being tired.
writerchic373 writerchic373 9 years
I'm an Army ROTC students so I do a lot of pushups. At first I was really afraid my arms were going to get really bulky, and they did get bigger...but they haven't gotten any bigger than they did initially, which isn't very big (no bigger than Jessica Beil's). I'm still not great at them by Army standards, but I can do about 42 in a row. The key to pushups is doing more pushups. When you can't do any more pushups you can go to your knees until you can't do any more of those. There are different types of pushups that work different muscles, and it is important to do all of them to get the best results. I usually stick with regular, incline, wide-arm, and close-arm pushups. Dips are also good to work the triceps. Lately I've been trying to do some pull-ups (as many as I can on my own, and then with someone assisting me) to improve my strength.
northofantastic northofantastic 9 years
I've recently added push ups to my workout along with more upper body exercises. I'm still doing girly push ups at the moment and trying to work my way up to real ones. I just can't manage to support my whole body weight yet. I have hope though. :)
mfern64 mfern64 9 years
I do 15 boy push ups 3 times a day. I had to work up to it but the strength and definition is worth it. I'm 44, so if I can do it, anyone can do it, just start with a few and add 1 or 2 a week.
ilanac13 ilanac13 9 years
when i was in school i used to do them, and now i've realized that i'm soooo weak. i have no upper arm strength to manage them, so i'v had to say no :( to that one. i tried doing push-ups in my boot camp last week and it was a bad bad thing.
itsallabouttheg itsallabouttheg 9 years
i've been focusing on free-weights mostly, but i really want to start make push ups a more regular part of my routine.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
I do 20 balance ball push-ups every day! I HATE working my arms, but push-ups are my favorite arm exercise.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 9 years
BeautyXrun- I do these also but pushups work so much more. Plus I don't want to be "toned" . I want to be "ripped".
BeautyXRush BeautyXRush 9 years
I just do 2 sets of 20 bicep curls, tricep extensions, and lateral arm lifts,and my arms stay really toned. All with 15-20 lb dumbbells, 5 lb weights do nothing.
BeautyXRush BeautyXRush 9 years
I could do 30 a day if I wanted to, but I already have great arms and a upper body. I do enough arm workouts and such to not have to do push ups.
Allytta Allytta 9 years
it's bad for my wrists. they're pretty weak...
Spectra Spectra 9 years
I do 20-30 a day, every day. I've found that they help give me a really nice upper body without a lot of hassle or special equipment.
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I wish I could. :(
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 9 years
i do 2 sets of 22 of 'real' push-ups pretty much every day (at least 6 days a week), but they are basically my only consistent upper body exercise, aside from yoga.
mwjank mwjank 9 years
2 sets of 10 "real" pushups - woohoo. Not bad for a thirty-something old lady.
dd-sugar dd-sugar 9 years
Nobody mentioned this but it got me back into pushups. I found a pair of "ultimate push up" ($10, Big Lots) aka push up pro, and other names and thought I'd try them since my wrists kill me when bending. I don't have the expensive type and they have rubber grips and make push ups so much more comfortable. They also double for yoga and pilates props and help stablilize with poses. I bought my mom some (in her 70s) so she can use against a wall to get started. Also nice if the cleanliness of the floor you're on is questionable!
SmallTownFab SmallTownFab 9 years
I'm proud to say that i do three sets of 15 with every workout. i love working my upper body. i did a lot of different martial arts growing up and push ups were used as warm up and punishment! i got used to them quickly. i typically do modified push ups, but every couple workouts i break out the ball and do 3 sets of 15 with my feet on the ball.
bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 9 years
I saw an interview with Lindsay Lohan about a year ago and she said that her latest obsession (I guess besides drinking, drugs and partying..hehehe) was doing push-ups. She said if she was waiting around she would drop and do a set of push-ups at random. I thought, "Brilliant!" So I do at least 3 sets of 10-12 throughout the day. Sometimes I do them at the office when I'm making copies, or faxing a long document, or after I use the restroom (I'm the only woman in the office so I have my own private bathroom). Sounds silly but it works for me. :)
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