Anyone have a crash course way to increase pushups in the next 2 weeks?

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Step 1) go to ranger school
Step 2) do the RPFT and do literally a million pushups
Step 3) be told you only did 58 by the RI and you need 59 to pass
Step 4) retest and do another million push ups
Step 5) get told you only did 58 again
Step 6) go back to Bragg and hate push ups

Moral of the story- you can never do enough. Nothing good comes out of them ever.


Yes - do them. Maybe add on some weight for resistance, but two weeks is pretty short to expect a massive increase.


Beat ur face. Now.


Vet here from combat arms, which doesn’t mean I know anything on the science of training, just that I have done lots of pushups :)

Every morning before you start your routine, do a set to failure. Don’t overthink diamond, wide, staggered, whatever. Just do a set to failure.

After you brush your teeth or pick out your clothes, bang out another set to failure. Don’t worry about how long it’s been since that first set, just push to failure again.

After you start your coffee maker, or maybe after you pick up some of the nonsense lying around on the floor or the back of a chair, maybe right after our daily existential questioning of why we are in consulting, hit that third set to failure.

Shower, go about your day as normal, and do those three sets to failure every day. Don’t science it. Just hit three sets to failure before hopping in the shower. You will be able to do more pushups of all types.

Anytime you feel the urge to go online to study up on how to do more pushups, put your phone down, close your laptop, and do a set of pushups to failure instead.

My two cents.


Pyramids always worked for me. 20 rest 30 rest 40 rest 30 rest 20. Usually the rest time is equal to how long it takes your partner to do them.


Do them


Just start pushing, focus on perfect form with full range of motion. Close (10), normal (10), wide (10), hands further back at normal distance apart till failure (will focus on weak areas). No knee breaks between. Do this three times a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The ole towel under the body trick. Classic!


I used to do 30 second burnouts. Do as many normal pushups as you can in thirty seconds. When you slow drop to your knees and keep going. Take a thirty second pause where you drop down completely and rest then repeat. Try and do as many sets as you can (you will likely be smoked after a few minutes)

Do push-ups to standard and do them often. It’s not consulting there is actually a real goal with No arbitrary rating scheme. If you can’t hit the standard it’s on you for cheating yourself. Do t cheat your body your body knows.

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