I've got a pretty weak upper body and I'm looking for any excercises I can do to increase my strenght. The thing is I recently moved and don't have any weights now and I completely despise push-ups. I can barely do 3 push ups in a row and nothing about them is fun to me.. any ideas welcome!
Rapid punches are good too. You know, you pretend to punch that dangly bag that the boxers punch in the air in a circular motion.
Do kneeling push-ups and when they are getting to easy do normal ones.
You can do pushups against higher surfaces... Like leaning against a wall would be easiest (gets a lil more difficult the more you lean) and then other things, table desk chair bed railing getting lower as you progress.
Whatever surface you use, make sure you can feel it pushing your ability. You want to be able to complete a set of at LEAST 6.. times maybe five sets... but don't pick a surface where you can just keep going and do like 30 or more per set. You want to end each set feeling like you were almost at your limit.
Someone mentioned elbow plank...try full plank too. Also try starting in a pushup top position and going down as slowly as you can.
I used a similar idea when I started doing pull-ups and could only do one and now I can do multiple sets of five or six real pull-ups and that is very satisfying to me.
Of course as you change the angle you change the muscle focus a bit, too. I think you got to do weight lifting if you want to gain more muscle weight. Inverted pushups is as heavy as you can get (without like a backpack or weight vest) and ten is a good number of reps, I don't think you'd build much more muscle doing more reps at that weight (just endurance)