No Such Thing As Girl Pushups

Pushups are great!

No equipment needed.

A great way to build upperbody strength just about anywhere.

Pushups help to strengthen your triceps, chest, shoulders, lower back, and core.

And, there’s a ton of variations to pushups. A lot of different ways to do pushups to change up the exercise and to bring more focus to certain muscle groups.

  • Standard / Military Pushups
  • Wide Pushups
  • Narrow / Diamond Pushups
  • Weighted Pushups
  • Plyometric Pushups
  • Kneeling Pushups
  • Incline Pushups
  • Decline Pushups
Check Out Our Beginner Pushup Progression Post

And, not one of these variations are called “Girl Pushups”

The issue is, people tend to confuse kneeling pushups with “girl pushups”, and that’s wrong on a lot of levels. One being, for me, that I know girls that can do more Standard Pushups than guys I know.

I personally know women that can do A LOT of pushups. Women in the military, firefighters, police officers, and just women who’ve worked hard to get a lot of reps of standard pushups in.

I have a hard time calling an exercise “girl pushups” when I’ve watched with my own eyes, girls going from 0 pushups to 10-20-25-30+ pushups.

Mandatory image of a lady doing pushups 🙂

Of course, this falls into the larger problem in fitness with people thinking, and promoting, gender specific exercises. And if there has been a top 2-3 things I’ve taught, and preached, while training, was that gender specific exercises is a complete myth.

We all should be doing pushups, even if they have to be modified to fit the individuals current abilities. And that goes for everything else in training.

There is NO such thing as “GIRL PUSHUPS”

Rant Over 🙂

Pushup Progressions For Beginners

Pushups are such a great exercise, especially for being Bodyweight only. Pushups, Pull-ups, Planks, & Squats are all movements you should really work on before moving on to other strength building exercises

Benefits of pushups:

1. UpperBody Strength (Triceps, Chest, Shoulders)

2. Core Strength

3. Boost Metabolism (because it works so many muscle groups at the same time)

4. No Excuse Movement (no equipment needed!)

5. Transferable Strength (Pushups means never saying “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up” )

But! With us you can’t do a standard* pushup?

Before we continue, there is no such things as “guy” or “girl” pushups. There just aren’t.

I’ve seen first hand, girls do more push-ups than guys…

Ok, back to it….

If you can’t get your first “standard pushup”…

Try out these method and progressions to help build up your UpperBody and core strength.

And, I would actually work backwards to find where you should start. (If that makes sense)

You won’t know where to start until you fail. Try doing a standard pushup.

Body in a high plank position. Hand at shoulder width. Arms straight. Back flat.

Try to lower yourself down, close to the ground, and bring yourself back to the starting position.

Can you do 1? GREAT! Build on that.

Can’t do any? That’s great too!

Try hand Release Pushups. Then try kneeling pushups. Pushups from a chair. Pushups from the wall.

The goal here is to just try.

Work on it. Consistently. 3-4x a week

Aim for 10-12 reps of whatever progression you are at. Once you can consistently get that, move on.

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