FIT Pushups & Pullups Question

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Mr. Monopoly

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I'm 5'8" and 142 lbs. I won't say I'm in wonderful shape, but I'm enrolled in a military fitness class at my college that's starting to get me that way. Where I'm still not able to catch myself up on is the pushups and pullups categories. I can get maybe 20 chest touching the ground and back up pushups in about two minutes, but the standard sits somewhere around fifty. Ideally, I'd like to be a little past that eventually. Pull ups, I can't do period unless there's someone holding my legs below. :o What sort of excercises should I be doing to increase my upper body strength so I can improve in these areas? I know it's no overnight thing, but I'd really like to be able to get this eventually. Thanks for any advice. :bowdown:
 

Uglybob69

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I'm sure there is a specific program to help you in these areas, but really: just do a lot of pushups daily, eat right, maybe use an assisted pullup machine till you can do one pullup, then start doing a lot of pullups daily. If you're super sore take it easy.
 

4cd-Air

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You could use one of these for assisted pull ups...


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or use a lat pulldown machine...

or practice negitives, cheat to the top and slowly lower yourself with tension the whole way
 

v12oom

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im a big boy at 215 lbs , 5'9..prob like 3 months ago, i couldnt do 1 pullup. now i can do 6-7 in a row and 25 in 10 minutes. assisted machine, i tried it once but i felt like i was cheating way too much. i do lat pulldowns every shoulder/back workout but really, just get on that bar and pull your ass up. itll get easier.
 

Ceaze

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I would suggest negatives or timed holds rather than using assistance
 

Drilldo

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I'm 5'8" and 142 lbs. I won't say I'm in wonderful shape, but I'm enrolled in a military fitness class at my college that's starting to get me that way. Where I'm still not able to catch myself up on is the pushups and pullups categories. I can get maybe 20 chest touching the ground and back up pushups in about two minutes, but the standard sits somewhere around fifty. Ideally, I'd like to be a little past that eventually. Pull ups, I can't do period unless there's someone holding my legs below. :o What sort of excercises should I be doing to increase my upper body strength so I can improve in these areas? I know it's no overnight thing, but I'd really like to be able to get this eventually. Thanks for any advice. :bowdown:

As a former fatty I had trouble doing pull ups as well. Even after I lost a lot of weight I'd never even done the motion before (lat pull downs doesn't seem to do it) so to get into it was tough. I could rep 405 on deadlifts and 125 lbs on db rows but couldn't do a damn pull up at 250 lbs. I did assisted pull ups for a while with some success, but what actually worked was doing negatives. There is no secret exercise you can do or pill you can take that will turn you into a pull up machine, you have to really work at it. Keep on it and one day it'll happen. That said when you do your first real (from a dead hang, straight up to where your chin is above the bar) one you feel like Superman :rofl: Everybody else is like :hsugh:
 

Pen Is Mightier

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I am in the same and the pushups can really kill you especially if they make you drop em in the middle of a run. It's usually not my tri/shoulder/chest that fail but its hard to keep my lower body straight because my legs will be so sore. I think I did something like 44 pushups in 2 minutes...I really need to work on it before the APFT. Running will be my biggest loss of points on that though, not pushups/situps.
 

geekierthanyou

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when I was doing ROTC I used DBs to get my pushups maxxed. Do a regular pushup, but instead of letting your hands touch the ground, but them on a 45lb db and do them off that. I went up by 9 pushups in a 2 week time training that way, plus doing the same thing but elevating my legs above my head (put feet on chair, do pushup). That helped me a lot.
 
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