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Old 07-28-2007, 08:01 AM   #1
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I can do about 35-40 pushups in one go, but I can't do a single one-armed pushup! Who here can do it? Around how many normal pushups do you need to be able to do to be strong enough to do the one-armed version? I just need a guage to be able work towards it. Are there any special training methods for it?
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Old 07-28-2007, 08:10 AM   #2
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Couple things.
Try taking the one arm pushup position, and then drop to the elbow.
So your whole body is suspended on your forearm and your toes.
Stay there for a bit, will strengthen the core for the 1 arm pushup.

Something else, do proper rigid pushups. On the down part, hold for 1-2 seconds. Hold yourself half way up/down.

Work with things around it.
I can do about.. 60 pushups or more. But I can do a good 20 1 arm pushups. I'm pretty strong all round, but my endurance is pretty crap.
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Old 07-28-2007, 03:34 PM   #3
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Im right there with ya - I can do about 35-40 regular push ups in a row, but cant even do a single one-arm. I could never figure it out either, cause my strongest muscles would have to be shoulder and chest, and then triceps. I figured it was because my core was lacking (or maybe also because my arms are so damn long!). If you really want to do them you can also try practicing them from your knees instead of toes.
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:13 PM   #4
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practice the one arm push ups holding something with your free hand, the one arm push up is a completley different exercise on its own.
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Old 07-29-2007, 12:23 AM   #5
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this is how i learned to do them. either start doing wall one arm pushups. then do them on like a coach and keep ging lower till you can do them on the ground. OR do ones where you lean to either side while doing a pushups what you do for that is get in position but put all the weight on the left arm and do a pushup thn tranfer it back to the right arm.
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Old 07-29-2007, 01:13 AM   #6
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work on ur back n triceps. that's my only opinon. or like the others said, do it from ur knees or something like that. sorta cheat but do it slow to get ur body used to it and know how it feels
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Old 07-29-2007, 02:14 AM   #7
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Ok thanks. I think I'm going to work up to around 60 normal pushups and then start training for the one-armed. It'll probably take me a couple months though.
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Old 07-29-2007, 06:34 AM   #8
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the back has nothing to do with it, you have to practice the movement, a strong core will help you alot though.
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Old 07-29-2007, 08:29 AM   #9
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I'd say starting against a wall and gradually doing them off of lower objects is probably most effective. Another method is to assist yourself with the fingertips of your non-working hand and everytime you feel strong enough use one less finger, by the time you can do 5 pinky assisted one arm pushups you'll probably be able to do one.
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Old 07-29-2007, 06:40 PM   #10
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practice the one arm push ups holding something with your free hand, the one arm push up is a completley different exercise on its own.
exactly. It's more of a maximal strength exercise, until you can do more than 8 or so. I was taught two ways to do it. The first, you spread your feet out a litte and put the other arm behind your back. The second, you lift one foot off of the ground with one arm out in front of you - so if you were doing it with your right arm, you would lift your right foot and stick your left arm out in front. The second method seems to work core stability a little more, but they're both good.
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Old 07-30-2007, 12:25 AM   #11
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I can do a lot of them, but it is a balance issue. Some people criticize my form but you should put the hand wherever you want, in my opinion, as long as the feet aren't too far apart.

Here is a vid. Everytime I count them I get a different number, but I think it's close to 40.

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Old 07-30-2007, 04:21 AM   #12
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wow - I would just like to be able to do a couple. lol. To be honest im not that concerned with being able to do them,,,I want to work on my basic skills and running/sprinting before I tackle other various things. Have you always naturally been able to do them or did you have to work for the first few? (just out of curiousity)
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Old 07-30-2007, 11:21 AM   #13
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aramini, that was a pretty good vid. I like the knuckle clap push ups, I just always seem to injure my knuckles when I do them.
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Old 07-30-2007, 08:36 PM   #14
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wow - I would just like to be able to do a couple. lol. To be honest im not that concerned with being able to do them,,,I want to work on my basic skills and running/sprinting before I tackle other various things. Have you always naturally been able to do them or did you have to work for the first few? (just out of curiousity)
The thing with me is that I started martial arts when I was very young, and we were always doing knuckle pushups on concrete and for a few tests we had to do jumping knuckle pushups on small bricks. Before I ever lifted weights I could do one handed pushups, but my bodyweight was very low, at about 115 or less back then. I understood the balance, but it needed refinement. The balance is the most important part. Weights helped me increase the number I could do without significantly increasing my bodyweight (about 15 pounds or so, while I almost doubled in strength according to my lifts), something that won't be true for everyone.

See if you can grab the center on a bench press bar and hold the bar out straight with one hand in the center as you lower it to your side and down to your chest. While this is not the same, it also helps you work on feeling the stability in your forearm and hand for these types of motion. I have always been very good at exercises like that.
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Old 07-30-2007, 08:43 PM   #15
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aramini give me some tips on finger push ups, i cant even do one finger push up i have to do it from my knees and even then i still have trouble!
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