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RoyalDrew said:What are you benchpressing? At 6'6 and 285 I have no doubt you are strong but are you strong relative to your size? Which is really what a pushup is a measurement off anyways.
I had trouble cranking out more than 40 pushups and had pretty much plateaued. I started lifting weights (followed Mark Rippetoe's Starting Strength Program) and added 30+ pushups to my total. The last time I ran an Expres Test, I cranked out 78 consecutive pushups.
I am 5'10 and weigh 192lbs; however, my max benchpress at that time was 260lbs. 1.35x my bodyweight
My advice to you, if you want to improve your pushups would be the following:
1. Lose 20lbs - Being heavy works for football but not so much for the Army. If you shed down to 260ish with your height, your pushups will get better.
2. Aim to benchpress at least 1x your bodyweight as a minimum, goal to strive for is between 1.3 and 1.5x your bodyweight. You will crank pushups out like nothing then.
3. What are your pullups/chinups like? Your pushup problem could also be related to your back as these muscles tend to compliment each other. You should aim to be able to do 12 to 15 consecutive chinups if you also want to rock at pushups. These will also strengthen your core which will help with pushups.
Last thing I would also do is everytime you lift weights, squat! Squats are the most important exercise their is and if crush squats every weight session, the rest of your body will also get strong.
My max bench is at 315lb. Not exactly where it should be, but it is something that I struggle with (again with the long arms thing).
As for squats, I squat once a week normally. My other lower body day usually consists of power cleans and/or deadlifts. Also, I do plan to drop as much as 30lbs once I'm done with football. However, I have 3 more years of university to go.