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Hey all,


 


I have a quick querry about PT for a police fitness exam. I have been working out every day for almost a month now, and i'm curious. I'm advancing farily redily in terms of most of my PT such as running almost two miles a day and able to do about 100 crunches (in sets of 20 over 30 minutes) but the one area I'm lacking in advancement is pushups.


I can only do about 40 pushups total in sets of 5 to 7 over 30 minutes. I'm dropping low enough (my nose and the front of my shorts touch the ground) but i get completely winded after only five and I have to come back to them in several minutes, and once i'm done my arms shake for upwards of two hours. I am a big guy, 6'4" and about 260lb. So i'm wondering if i'm doing something wrong, or i should eat more of a certain vitamin or i'm still too damn heavy. It's kicking my arse and any help would really be great.


 


thanks in advance,


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Consult a trainer.

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bump. I would consult a trainer.


But I know personally for me make sure that you are breathing, stretch your arms out, and what my sgt said was to do 10 throughout the first week, ect and then increase as you go.

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I had the same problem what worked for me after consulting with a trainer was using individual workout with my arms with barbells this all so helped with the pull ups.....those are what kicked my butt, but yeah talk with a trainer and get you some weights best of luck to you.

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Something that may help a bit is that once you hit that "wall" of where you can't do anymore from the regular front leaning rest position. . . . .(term used in my academy), spread you feet a ways to take some of the weight off of your arms.  If this doesn't help, you can continue past that "wall" by dropping to your knees (usually used by women).  Again, all this does is take some of the weight off of your arms, but allow you to push through for now getting your arms used to the exercise.  After a while you should see some progress on the "regular" pushups.  Many times in exercising we have to cheat a bit here and there to trick our muscles to go past their comfort zone.  Once the muscles learn that they can go past that "wall", it gets much easier.  Kind of like having a spotter with weights assisting with the last couple of lifts when you need to push your muscles past the point of fatigue and are trying to get to the point of failure.


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