I should have stated my goal. I hope to get from 7 pushups to 20 pushups in the week from when I realised i couldnt do 50...
I've never done 50 of any form. no real strength, and definitely no stamina.
what form do you use?
I'd be impressed by even twenty in proper/traditional form (aka floor dips), I find them a lot harder than the normal ones most people do.
https://youtu.be/4dF1DOWzf20?t=1m51s (this guy's one of the mods over on a reddit fitness page)
it's strange, I was doing dips today at work and a coworker commented how he couldn't suss out how to do it in that proper dip form, his elbows wanted to go out, the way normal people do a press-up. I might have to see if I can get him to do press-ups tomorrow with good form (elbows in), see if he has the same problem.
must be some curious mechanics involved, there's also a guy who thrashes me in an arm wrestle who is also short and light (the trifecta for bodyweight training excellence!), but somehow can't figure out the Korean dips I can smash out sets of. (another elbows in pressing exercise).
This is interesting, when I was younger we were taught to do push-ups both as indicated in that clip, but also with the hands wider apart, keeping the forearms perpendicular but elbows are wider of the body (widegrip here
): The explanation was always that it targeted a different muscle group (one works the shoulders while the other works the chest, or something like that).
That said, I can do about 20 of the wider ones presently, it's the ones with the elbows tucked in with hands lower that I am trying to get back to doing - I am still a long way short of my 20 goal.
I tend to do them on my knuckles (simply that's the way I was taught), but I am finding that it's causing pain (I suspect from old football injuries), so I might have to learn how to do it on my palms.
We also did hands together under the chest (thumb and forefinger forming a diamond on the floor), but I've not tried that in years. - I doubt I could do one that way now.
This is a better demo:https://www.fitnessblender.com/exercises/push-up-wide-lv-2