10/09/2006

Pet Peeve

I have a pet peeve...well not so much a pet peeve as a frustration...which you may find odd. I can't seem to do a push-up correctly. We're talking military style, body straight, nose-to-the-floor push up. I can do what I think are push-ups, but my dear husband says they aren't because I stop about six inches off the floor before coming back up. He says my arms must not be strong enough or something, which irritates me because I have been building and building lots of upper body strength over the past year. The test, he says, is whether or not I can start lying on the floor and push my whole body up in one straight motion. I cannot. Can't even come close. What is UP with that?????

12 comments:

Southern Fried Girl said...

I can't do those either. Instead of not going all the way down, I go down but only my face and chest because my ass is like up in the air like a beacon. I feel like one of those monkeys with the red butts that flashes it all over.

It's charming.

TBG said...

I am not able to do that either!

Mainline Mom said...

SFG - if you can even get your chest all the way to the ground with your butt in the air, you're still ahead of me I think....UGH.

OddMix said...

Military push ups are HARD to do corectly. The technical requirement is not to touch the floor - it is that your shoulder blades go below the plane of your elbows. the thing is women are often ill equipped - or perhaps, in some cases, over equipped - to do this maneuver.

And to do them right takes more than "upper body" strength. It takes, specificaly, strength in the pectorals, triceps, and lower back to hold the position.

If you want to be able to so them, try starting out by doing them on your knees instead of your toes. Do lots with your back straight. When those are easy, then do them on your toes.

running42k said...

Plank pose?

with all the yoga you do I am sure you can ace a push up.

Mainline Mom said...

I can do plank just fine. I can do chaturanga just fine. But a military push up, like Oddmix said, the shoulder blades fall below the elbows, which is NOT chaturanga. Doing them on my knees doesn't really work, it's just not a correct push-up, so I don't do it that way. I've been practicing them at a sharp angle against the wall, and I've been just laying on the floor and pushing down with my arms till they burn out.

OddMix said...

Doing pushups on your knees is not correct, true. However if you maintain the straight back you ARE strengthening the correct muscles which will eventually enable you to do them correctly. That is how we trained soldiers to do them correctly when they could not pass the PT test.

Doing them against the wall is good, too. Static presses on the floor, not so much. Pushups involve several different areas of the involved muscles which only engage at differnt points in the movement.

The Kept Woman said...

Can he do it right? Huh? Huh?

You really don't want to do that anyway because then people will start calling you "butch" and stuff...

Mainline Mom said...

With my long hair, my oversized rack, and the way I dress most of the time, I don't think there is any risk of being called "butch" anytime soon. Still, I love feeling strong. This is new to me. Even like if I threw a punch it might hurt someone. I want to try it just to see sometime, but I don't want to actually hurt anyone.

Oh and yes, my DH can definately do some push-ups.

Alisa said...

I have no advice on this other than ask your husband to physically correct your form as you are doing them. That's what they did for us in the Marine Corps when we were doing them wrong, and it seemed to work.

Lori said...

My tits hit the floor when I try to do pushups. Lovely mental image, huh? Hee.

So on the odd occasions when I actually feel like doing them, I do them on an incline using a flight of stairs. I've heard it's actually harder this way, but it works for me.

I *hate* pushups.

MMC said...

When I was in college and had just begun lifting weights, I could not lift over 15 lbs. in an overhead upright shoulder press. It was so frustrating, b/c otherwise I was really strong for a girl. It took over a year of focused work on shoulders to get them strengthened.
Point: I think it's normal for girls to have weak areas.....

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