How To Get Your First Push Up – Beginner Calisthenics and Motivation – Lucy Lismore Fitness

Push ups are one of the biggest goals for so many of us and also one of the principle exercises in calisthenics. In todays video we are looking at how you can achieve your first push up and important factors to consider such as correct form, common mistakes to avoid and the best progressions! Have fun!

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00:00 Intro
02:14 Correct Form
03:54 Progressions & Modifications
06:12 Common Mistakes
08:33 Sore Wrists?
09:27 Timeframe & Comparison

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  1. Roxanne Page on July 12, 2021 at 7:02 pm

    Thank you 😊
    I can lower down to the floor in full push up position with elbows at the correct angle but I just can’t get back up.

    • musamakeup on July 22, 2021 at 5:36 pm

      @David Smith that’s such a useful tip thank you so much for sharing it! I’m in the same situation. I can easily go down but if I have to go back up I basically have to go in downward facing dog 😂

    • Aimée Susana Tapias Albornoz on July 22, 2021 at 9:05 pm

      @Saira Mughal yeah! Same here

    • Victoria Michaels on June 20, 2022 at 4:33 am

      This comment had me rolling on the floor in laughter…. I’m 50 years old next month, so let’s not even talk about getting down… and then back up again. 😂😂😂

    • Victoria Michaels on June 20, 2022 at 4:34 am

      It’s like the mirror tells me I’m 30, but my body after bending down and trying to get back up again is the rude awakening.

    • Birgit Schenk on November 16, 2022 at 7:11 am

      Exactly the same here. I train with weights every week, do the lat with 90 pounds but can`t do a single pushup. I go into postion, go down and die 🙁

  2. Atume1982 on July 12, 2021 at 7:03 pm

    Thank you very much, you have so much positives vibes.

    I’ve started with calisthenics about two weeks ago and your video came on the right time.

  3. emeraude on July 12, 2021 at 7:06 pm

    Yes, thank you, Lucy!! I’ve been working towards my first push up in the past weeks and your video is super helpful right now!

  4. Nat Ko on July 12, 2021 at 7:49 pm

    What really helped me progress with my pushups were slow negative pushups! That was an advice from one of your old videos😁

    • Veronika Croft on July 20, 2021 at 6:09 am

      Hi, Nat! Which video was this in? Quite interested. Thank you!

    • Nat Ko on July 20, 2021 at 6:25 am

      @Veronika Croft Hi Veronika, the video is titled ‘How to start calisthetics as a beginner at home no equipment’. The first exercise is pushups.

    • Veronika Croft on July 21, 2021 at 2:31 am

      @Nat Ko Thank you!!

  5. LiTtoSpArKl3s on July 12, 2021 at 10:01 pm

    OMG! Yes, I’ve been asking for video like this for forever. Being able to do push ups (and pull ups) have been my fitness goal for a long time. Thank you for this!

    • hey sweets on July 16, 2021 at 10:30 am

      push-ups are relatively easy, now pullups are where the fun begins 😅

    • Rachel Moore on March 28, 2022 at 1:44 pm

      100% agree! I have asked for push up correct help for so long! I often did push ups with elbows at 90* and hands out.

  6. Andrea Xavier on July 12, 2021 at 10:39 pm

    You posted this video at the perfect time for me!
    I have started doing some stair exercises. Will include your lessons in it!
    Thank you Lucy ❣️
    Love u always 😘

  7. Aarushi Khajuria on July 13, 2021 at 5:00 am

    I have been trying to get this done for 6 months (attempting them twice a week). I started on an incline. I can do 5 now but just realized what my coach meant when he told me to try eccentric push-ups as well. I relate to each word in this video. The struggle, the progress, the mistakes. I’m determined to get more strength and get my form right rather than counting my progress in sets and numbers. Thank you Lucy.

  8. Signora Carter on July 13, 2021 at 9:04 am

    I just learned how to do a pushup after about a year of doing half pushups and I can’t be more proud of myself.

    • Uno Nou on April 23, 2022 at 7:56 am
    • Stephanie von Arx on September 9, 2022 at 5:03 pm

      Ok good to know. So I dont have to be deprived because I traine half pushups since 4 Month and I am always ” to weak” at my hip to do a normal one..

    • prinicorn on October 11, 2022 at 12:49 am

      And i was thinking I could do it in one day😭

    • Birgit Schenk on November 29, 2022 at 7:16 am

      @Gina A.  I train 5 times a week, on the smith machine bar. I can lower as I get stronger

    • Birgit Schenk on November 29, 2022 at 3:51 pm

      How many times per week did you train?

  9. Girl_on_Fire_X_x on July 13, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Fantastic video. I’ve not been very consistent due to wrist pain, but pushups is something I’m definitely looking to achieve. Thanks for the info and encouragement ❤️

  10. H B on July 13, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    So excited to have discovered you! I’ve recently joined Calisthenics classes at my local women’s gym and am loving the sessions so far. Your journey into Calisthenics has inspired me to embark on my own journey. Please keep posting and share your expertise and experiences as I would love to know how I can get better at it 😊👍❤

  11. Emily Becht on July 14, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    I love how much you stress slow progress and that sometimes you need to take breaks and then get back into a routine. Your down-to-earth perspective on life has made yours the only fitness I’ve ever wanted to follow. Most of the time I find a way to use the videos to shame myself, but yours are so uplifting and encouraging that I find it hard to be in a negative head space by the end. Keep being you!

  12. Morgan Mae Powell on July 15, 2021 at 2:12 am

    I started my push up journey because of you! Thank you for laying this out and making it seem attainable!

  13. R.I.P Maple on July 20, 2021 at 4:19 am

    It is so much easier when you are of normal weight. I appreciate all of you who are trying to gain or lose weight out there 🙂

    • bogieboog on November 25, 2021 at 6:15 am

      I agree its almost impossible especially as a woman, to do a proper pushup when you are even 15 to 20 lds overweight. After all you are lifting your body weight!

    • Tranny Granny Fluff on January 24, 2022 at 3:17 am

      I’m jst weak

    • Elisa Iancau on March 8, 2022 at 3:37 pm

      So that’s why I cant do a push up. Im hella fat

    • R.I.P Maple on March 8, 2022 at 10:31 pm

      @Elisa Iancau wish you the best on your weight loss journey

    • Uno Nou on April 23, 2022 at 7:57 am
  14. Coy lee on July 20, 2021 at 1:43 pm

    Push-ups are one of my favourite exercises ever. There’s just something so satisfying(at least to me) about being able to go all the way down and come back up smoothly. I do them everyday. A total of 50 push-ups but spilt into sets. The maximum that I can do in one go without stopping is usually 15 but 20 on a good day. Being consistent with this, you will really start to see your body change. I don’t do any other forms of strengthening exercises just push-ups and my cardio daily and I’ve started to see my back, my abs, my chest and obviously my arms become so much more defined. It’s amazing.

    • Jared, 19 on January 6, 2022 at 9:00 am

      Hi! Could you please share your cardio routine? I’m trying to get shredded and my routine doesn’t seem to be working, so could you please share the routine?

    • anzaeria on July 23, 2022 at 3:06 pm

      I see that you’re really into push ups. Be careful though of training one set of muscles over a long period of time and neglecting the opposing muscles – the lats, biceps and rear delts in this case. This can lead to an imbalance and an increased risk of injury. For training the lats, biceps and rear delts, you could add inverted rows to your routine. I do those under a chair. It’s pretty much the opposite of a push up.

  15. Dragon on July 21, 2021 at 9:46 am

    I did pushups on staircases for 18 days straight and on 19th day I was able to do my first complete pushup

    • zdravko čolić on May 16, 2022 at 10:35 pm

      its been 9 months how u going now?

    • bunniaria on October 8, 2022 at 1:39 am

      1 year how you doing?

    • Mr Yellow on November 15, 2022 at 4:45 am


  16. 1990Whitetiger on July 23, 2021 at 3:42 am

    This video made me feel so inspired. Thank you for the reminder that the seriously slow strength progress ect I feel I make when working out is completely normal and that I will get there and to just not give up!

  17. Vinitha Ganesan on August 6, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Love that you added your own progression and timeline! This video has given me so much perspective and hope on my own progress.

  18. SpiritofChaos on February 16, 2022 at 8:30 pm

    I’m pretty new to the whole working out thing. I thought push ups were supposed to be really basic, easy stuff since my PE teacher in elementary school tried to get me to do them. I couldn’t do it then, and I still can’t do them now. My arms shake just holding myself up in position, let alone moving without landing on my face. It’s great to hear that push ups are something to build up to, rather than something I should feel bad for not being able to do off the bat.

    I’m finally going to do a push up! I swear on my honor!! But maybe in a few months or so…

  19. Mandar Parab on March 23, 2022 at 3:29 pm

    Thanks for the precise advice; I’ve been practising push ups for years but have only recently discovered good form and can feel the impact in the right spots. Keep it up god bless you 😊.

  20. Renaye Brown on August 27, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    I’m 65, and a woman with a history of working as a tradeswoman. While stronger than most non-athletic women my age, I started trying push ups last week and was gob-smacked at the fact that I could NOT do even ONE! Thanks for the perspective and practical suggestions.

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