Im doing p90x, on day 1 of my 3rd week, at the start I could not do a single push-up without doing them on my knees. Now I can only do 3 normal push-ups and then I need to do the rest on my knees (pathetic, I know). Are push-ups on your knees still good if you still feel the burn? Also, are pull-ups still good aswell if you use a chair to support you?
06-21-2011, 11:11 AM #1
Are push-ups on your knees still effective?
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To answer your question op, yes they are still effective, but they should be done with the intentions on building the strength to pushup your own bodyweight....set a goal/timeframe for yourself. good luck with the p90xNew York Football Giants, New York Knicks, New York Yankees, and if I followed hockey, it would be the New York Rangers.....bet you can't guess where i'm from
06-21-2011, 12:04 PM #5
Of course they are. If you are not capable to bench 135lbs, you just don't load up 1 plate on the bar. Start slow like you are. Focus on form, and you will eventually be able to knock more and more standard pushups out. We all start somewhere and as long as you can honestly say you are pushing yourself, don't worry about how you are doing it.
06-21-2011, 12:06 PM #6
06-21-2011, 12:24 PM #7
Yes, that is absolutely fine. I remember when I started working out I couldn't do a pushup, everyone has to start somewhere. Just don't make the knee pushups sloppy, do them right and work towards doing pushups on your feet. Good luck.Bench:
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06-21-2011, 12:26 PM #8
The OP stated that he has progressed from not being able to do one pushup to now being able to do 3, by utilizing knee-pushups in the interim. Obviously, for him, they are effective enough since he improved his 1RM to a 3RM in two weeks.☠ By reading this post, you have agreed to my negative reputation terms of service.
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06-21-2011, 12:34 PM #10
other than the fukking dickwad in post 3 i agree with everyone here. just keep progressing. eventually you will be doing these with your feet incline(or going more into weightlifting) for these.
as for the pullup thing it is okay to use your feet in a chair but i would highly recommend getting you some kind of resistance band that puts the same pressure each rep. you dont always get the same amount of "help" from your feet in a chair as you do some consistent like a band(or assist machine if you have access)
other than that i cant really help you. i am lucky that pushups were never that hard for me and pullps only slightly harder. my initial weakness came from the legs.
06-21-2011, 01:18 PM #11
You might want to add a small weight (5-10lbs) on your back, one that won't fall off when you're doing a pushup. I think there is a big delta in strength required to do a traditional pushup from one done from your knees. This should get you to your goal of doing many reps of traditional pushups.
Another way to look at it is if you couldn't bench 135, you wouldn't drop down to just using the bar in order to be able to bench 135. You would use an intermediate weight which I believe is analogous to doing a pushup on your knees with some weight on your back.
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06-21-2011, 01:28 PM #13
since I am a body builder i like to take my self to the next level via super failure. Essentially a chest session will consist of wide grip partial rom flat bench, followed with incline d.b. bench, chest press, pullovers and then I quick run over and pound out stop cable crossovers. At this point, a normal exercise section gym goer would quit. But not me. I quick fall to the ground and pound out some push ups to failure, when i fail I act like tycoil's mom and get on my knees to pound out some more to failure, at this point I have failed at multiple points throughout the day so I collapse on the floor unable to move my arms. So I just lay there and flex my chest lifting myself about 2 inches off the ground by using my chest and will power alone. The added body weight really gives me a strong std like burn. I hope this helps.I like it; I love it; I want some more of it.
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06-21-2011, 02:39 PM #19
doing lower weight to progress to high weight.
its taking weight away from the pushup
how do people achieve a 300 pound bench?
they do lower weight til they are capable of doing so. using lower weight to work their way up.
start at 135
eventually you will hit 300
lets say you weigh 200 pounds. avg(i think) pushup is 60% of bodyweight or some ****.
120 bench. lets say knee is 40% of body weight. 80 pounds.
you are "Benching" 80 pounds til you can do 120.
(numbers i put out are just random numbers to use as an example)
same concept. anyone who disagrees is a dumbass
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06-22-2011, 05:57 AM #26
Knee Push Ups
Performing knee push ups are perfectly fine to do when you feel the muscle being stimulated. It also seems like you are getting stronger and better at performing regular push ups, so progess is being made. I would suggest to vary the widths of your hands when performing knee push ups. Try a narrow hand position and then try a wider hand position. This will stimulate different areas of the muscle. In addition, try to perform your knee push ups slower on the eccentric part of the push up (the lowering of your body). This will help increase your strength and in time, will allow you to execute more regular push ups.http://www.rippedbodybuilding.com/articles/
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All that matters is progress, going from zero to three is great! Keep working at it and don't let anyone put you down.
Anyone know would his workout be more effective if say he raised his hands a little (like on a step), it'd reduce the weight he's working with a little so allow more push ups than three and could be more effective and have a better range of motion than using knees?
06-22-2011, 01:31 PM #29
I usually like to elevate knees on a couch or something cause then I can't complate "my patellas are squished!" and other excuses.
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