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Should Women Do Pushups? The Surprising Answer is Yes!

Pushups have always been regarded as a military exercise, used for men training in the army, inmates in prisons and boxers training for a fight. That’s a cliché that should be eliminated from your mind, because pushups are one of the best exercises for men AND women.

Women should practice pushups on a regular, if not daily basis to build upper body strength.

The pushup is one of the best exercises for overall fitness.

Pushups train the chest muscles, the triceps, the biceps and back. They’re a great overall exercise for the chest, they benefit the abdominal muscles, and they’re much easier on the joints than other chest exercises. As an added bonus, a pushup workout is great for cardiovascular health and circulation.

Women especially need to practice more pushups because they lack upper body strength. How many women can lift their own weight? How many women feel totally confident about their strength?

Yet, many women are afraid to practice pushups because they think they will develop a large, unattractive “manly” body! Or they’re afraid of getting started because they think that pushups are “too hard” for women.

If you start doing pushups everyday, you won’t look like hulk! But you’ll develop a nice, enviable strong and sexy body.

If you can practice pushups everyday for the next 3 months, I guarantee you that your body will completely transform.

The other thing about pushups to keep in mind is that there is more than one type of pushup! There are literally hundreds of different variations on the traditional, military pushup.

What I recommend you do is start with about 25 pushups a day. Do the easy “pushup on your knee” type, and the work on being able to do four rounds of those (so a total of 100 pushups).

Then increase the types and varieties of pushups you practice.

For a complete mini-course on pushups and other exercises that are great for women, I highly recommend that you check out the Lightning Speed Fitness Program, click here.

Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude
Frederic Patenaude has been an important influence in the raw food and natural health movement since he started writing and publishing in 1998, first by being the editor of Just Eat an Apple magazine. He is the author of over 20 books, including The Raw Secrets, the Sunfood Cuisine and Raw Food Controversies. Since 2013 he’s been the Editor-in-Chief of Renegade Health.

Frederic loves to relentlessly debunk nutritional myths. He advocates a low-fat, plant-based diet and has had over 10 years of experience with raw vegan diets. He lives in Montreal, Canada.