Girly Push Up - not for girls
Push ups (or press ups to us Brits!) are one of the staple exercises in the fitness world; they workout your arms, back and core muscles - so why is it so many women either can't or won't do push ups?
Earlier this week we addressed the myth that women shouldn't lift heavy weights with an awesome guest article from Nia Shanks. Within the workout she wrote for us, there are 4 sets of 5 push ups written in the description - upon seeing this, many women would be put off - but why?
One of the Tribesports blog partners Hui G summarises very accurately why many women shy away from push ups and other resistance weight training:
I was raised in a family where Mum would tell me not to do push ups because it would "make my shoulders too broad". I grew up through the 90s, when waif-life Kate Moss was the pin-up girl for beauty everywhere, when it was the age of the supermodels, all delicate, reed-like, gentle ladies. I studied in an all-girls school, where being too physically strong gave you the lesbian label.
Luckily, times are changing. Strong women are no longer seen as manly, just strong.
That's why we're on a mission to get girls to progress from 'Girly' push ups to full push ups!
'Girly' push ups - which are technically called modified push ups - are push ups from your knees rather than your toes. This makes it easier as the load is smaller than if you work with a full bodyweight push up.
These are really ideal for total beginners who need to build up their upper body strength - that's right, even boys and men can benefit from the notorious 'Girly' push up!
But one can't get trapped in the mind set that 'I can only do girly push ups' and thus never progress up to full bodyweight push ups.
The picture on the right is from the Challenge '100 girly push ups' - if you're able to do 100 then it's definitely time to step up into the full push ups, fewer reps with higher resistance will make you stronger!
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