I Can’t Do Real Push Ups

Small fact about Mel: I am the weakest female I know.

I’d say I know maybe about 500-600 females. If I were to arm wrestle all of them, I would lose every single time. I would probably injure myself in the process. I might also cry a little on the inside while laughing it off on the outside. How does one wipe away inner tears? It’s very difficult.

I don’t know how I evolved to be such a physical pansy, but somehow it happened. The way I recall it, when I was 12 or 13 I used to be able to do 10 pull ups on a pull up bar no problem. Then what happened? Did my upper body strength melt and drip in a breadcrumb trail behind me Hansel and Gretel style? Did my ass grow faster than my arm muscles? Is my ass that big?

Whenever I think about strength training I usually imagine a nice little bubble in which I start going to the gym and lifting weights three times a week while my body physically changes before my eyes. Yeah, bullshit. While musing about all of the possible ways I fail to maintain my strength, I decided I would just start doing push ups and see what happened.

First discovery: I can’t actually do push ups. I get in position, lower myself down, and sort of struggle for a minute to push back up before my stomach hits the floor completely.

Solution: I started with modified push ups. Or as I call them: girl push ups.

I don't look nearly as serene when I do it.

Every day for the past five days I’ve been doing two sets of ten pushups. The first day I was hurting right away. I’m a little unsure if my form is right (are my hands in the right place relative to my shoulders, etc.), but it’s amazing how much stronger I already feel–they are getting easier!

Soon I will try to do a real push up again and see how I fair. Big things.


3 responses to “I Can’t Do Real Push Ups

  1. ugh, I could NEVER do real push ups. I don’t know what it is. I would beat most girls I know at arm wrestling but maybe my boobs are too big. Its frustrating! Well now that I’m pregnant I’ll have to wait until after to do this and get strong. hehe

  2. I struggle with push ups, too!! I also have a hard time with plank. I went to my upper body and abs class the other day and the instructor did the WHOLE ab part in plank. I almost died!!

    I def. think it’s one of those things where the more you do it, the easier it becomes. I’m going to try your 2 set a day push up challenge (that’s what it’s called now-by the way) and I’ll see how many I can do in a week.

    In other news, I expect to go to the city sometime this summer and I want to hang out again!

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