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Tracey C asked the question in Five Push Ups

Upper body strength....

Hi guys, looking for some help with this. My upper body strength is pretty much non existant and every time i try even a single push up its an epic fail! 

What exercises should i be doing to improve the strength in my arms, shoulders and chest. Easy ones to start with as pretty much all i can lift at the moment is my cup of tea (and occasionally a beer! lol) 

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Hey there...Like most activities you have to work up to it gradually. For push ups, start with the normal position but with your knees on the floor. Try doing 5 reps and stop. As long as you do this every other day, u can build up to 10 reps. Then try to get up to 3 sets of 5 reps staying on your knees. Keep at it and eventually you'll be able to go onto your toes. Core work is best done with "planking" and other similar plyometrics. Good luck !

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if you cant even do a push up on your knees try to just hold the push up position (on knees) for 30 seconds. if this aint a problem build up to 1 minute. then try to do it with the full position. it strengthens the whole upper body if you do it right. planking like lance said will also help. and then do it step by step like maca already said ;)

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Thanks for the replies guys! I WILL get there!! x

Sports-iqbronze Tracey C answered Comment

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Try a box press up, progress it (with time and plenty of reps!) to half a press up, then the full one.

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