5 Weeks to Perfect Push-Ups

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Push-ups are one of the most well known exercises around, and for a good reason. They are probably one of the best total body exercises a person can do. The problem? Many people can’t do push-up exercise routines because of too little upper body strength. If you can’t do a push-up, look no further! It is your time to shine because a proper push-up is possible for you, and we’re going to show you how – literally, step-by-step! By doing this program, you should be able to do at least two sets of 10 regular push-ups, with correct form, by the end of the 5th week! After that, the sky is the limit.


What To Do: Perform the type of push-up indicated for each week. Complete 3 sets of 12 repetitions on non-consecutive days, totaling 3 days per week. See the videos below for demonstrations.


Week 1: Wall Push-Up (the further you stand from the wall, the more challenging)

Week 2: Incline Push-Up (the shallower the incline, the more challenging)

Week 3: Box Push-Up

Week 4: Modified Push-Up

Week 5: Regular Push-Up  (start with 2 sets of 6 on the 1st day, 2 sets of 8 on the 3rd day,  and 2 sets of 10 on the 5th day.)  Voilà – you’ve done it!!

Wall Push-Up

Incline Push-Up

Box Push-Up

Modified Push-Up

Regular Push-Up

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9 Comments on "5 Weeks to Perfect Push-Ups"

  1. LocustAsana  August 18, 2013

    If week one or two is too easy, can you I jump right into week 3 push ups? Or If the proper push up form of Week 5 is too hard do I have to start right from the beginning?

    • Skinny Ms.  August 19, 2013

      I would recommend starting at the beginning. Use the recommendations for making each more challenging.

  2. LocustAsana  August 23, 2013

    Thank you

  3. Marie W  March 24, 2014

    Do you have anything like this for pull-ups?

    • SkinnyMs  March 25, 2014

      Great idea! Not yet, but maybe soon!

  4. prerna  February 20, 2018

    is this workout enough for tone abs?

  5. prerna  February 20, 2018

    how to gradually increase the wall incilne box and modified pushup in a week?

    • Gale Compton  February 20, 2018

      Every time you do pushups, or any other exercise, continue to increase the number of reps until you can’t do anymore, without form being compromised.
      Correct form and increasing the number of reps, is the key to success. 🙂


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