Having a ridiculously hard time with (Uneven) Push-Ups on Gauntlet

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  • sg135
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    ReneB You've got a lot of sound advices that will be of help.
    Uneven Push-ups are hard because the arm on the kettlebell is always under tension, with the added strain of changing side every rep.
    You can make it easier substituting the kettlebell with some books, or train doing many sets of low number of reps (3 - 5) with perfect form during the day using a basketball (has grip) or a football.
    That will definitely improve your skills within a couple of weeks.

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  • Poepoe8653
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    Yes! These kill me. I’m currently on day 13 and I was so motivated and disciplined pushing really hard each day but on day 10, I pulled a portion of my right lower internal oblique doing the uneven pushups on a larger kettlebell than I had used on day 5. Now I’m trying to find a balance between pushing through the pain to meet my 30 day goal or modifying to let it heal before continuing.

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  • Evil Elvis
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    I understand what you mean. I don't care for the uneven kettlebell pushups either, but I try to stick the plan.
    I finished day 25 and there were even more pushups on that one. That was another tough workout, but I liked it.

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  • CaptainCanuck
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    I do a minimum of 120 pushups per day, and I when I see uneven kettlebells pushups it fills my heart with dread.

    I tried substituting a stack of books for the kettlebells. That worked ok but I only did it once. This way I had a flat surface.

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  • Evil Elvis
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    I did the day 15 workout and found it hard as well, but do-able.
    If you have trouble with the un-even pushups, maybe scale the number down or in half (8 or 5 per set, well probably 4 as you have to keep the number even)
    Something hard but workable for yourself.
    I remember being wiped out after this workout, but in a good way like I had worked hard.
    I think everyone finds the red bell days challenging during the gauntlet.
    Make it work for you.

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  • Fremen
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    The uneven push-ups of The Gauntlet are particularly difficult and they are all the more difficult when the kettlebell is "big" because it increases the gap, and changing sides every time means staying in the plank while going from one side to the other so it's even more difficult.
    I don't think there are "tricks" if something is difficult for you, you make it easier: small sets, more breaks but above all you keep practicing until you get better.
    I did Day 15 for the second time a couple of days ago and it's hard, don't worry, we've all sweated in the Red Bell days and we've all found a few days at the limit of our capabilities




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  • Chickenboi21
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    Oh ye day 15 does look super hard lol, as for uneven push up, eh maybe just do a regular push up instead maybe? Till your strong enough to do the uneven one, no shame in taking shortcuts

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  • Having a ridiculously hard time with (Uneven) Push-Ups on Gauntlet

    The title pretty much says it all. I'm currently getting back in the saddle doing the Gauntlet (with the only kettlebells I have laying around the house, which are sadly just a bit too light but acceptable for now). Most of the program is easy enough and I find myself doing continuous sets (11, 11, 9, 7 is just a complicated way of writing "38", right?).

    But the "red" days are harder, and in the case of day 15, too hard for me. It's not like I'm a complete beginner - before the lockdown, I was used to doing things like Crossfit so I'm no stranger to harder workouts. But push-ups never came easy for me (I'm not especially heavy or anything, but I'm suspecting a minor anatomical snafu in my shoulders - I used to always have a hard time doing bench presses as well), and I just don't understand how I would be able to do 100 uneven ones in total in this workout.

    I do realize that these red days are supposed to be hard - but I currently see day 15 as impossible which is not the same thing as hard. But the program is supposed to be suitable for beginners. And I don't see too many questions about day 15 especially on the Hive. So - what's happening? Am I misinterpreting something? Do others have as much of a hard time as I do? Am I just much, much weaker than I think I am?
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