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The Push-Up Test

A DIY Fitness Assessment

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  • For all the ladies mad about the charts - these are pretty close to the charts we were rated on in the military doing regular push ups not modified ones. So go ahead and use those charts for the regular pushups to determine how well you do push ups. I think maxed out push ups for women (it's been a few years since I got out) was around the mid 40s. - 11/7/2013 6:39:32 PM
  • JUDGEBOB
    LOL at all the mad women after reading this article. The truth is most women can't do real pushups. Sorry that you are mad at statistics. There are still lots of women that can do pushups but the article is showing the truth that most can't and if they can it is a low amount unless they are modified. Don't be offended by reality and if you are a woman and can do a lot of pushups congratulations. You are a lot stronger than the average woman. That doesn't mean the article is sexiest because you can lol.

    On the second point of a few women there is plenty of guys who can't do a pushup. Yes this is definitely true but in comparison to women its not even close. Sorry gals this isn't something to be offended about. - 10/2/2013 11:16:20 PM
  • Thanks for sharing - 9/25/2013 7:08:47 AM
  • we need a chart for women at regular push ups and modified for men ... seriously many many women can do regular ones and many men can't. - 8/29/2013 11:07:38 AM
  • The pushup chart is useless to women who do traditional pushups. Why can't we have both charts for both sexes? Please stop assuming women can't do real pushups!
    - 8/22/2013 10:05:23 AM
  • BRODIE_BROCK
    Just set my new record of 67 legit (trainer observed) push ups in one min at 52 years of age. Not certain how much higher I can go, but will try again at next months fitness testing - 6/25/2013 8:47:33 PM
  • I'd very much like to do this, and plan to, but would like to point out that the only thing coming up for "push" in the fitness tracker is Pushing a Lawnmower... - 6/2/2013 5:33:59 PM
  • CRAIGIOW
    The most I've ever done straight off is 130,I currently do 310 press ups 3 times a week, first set of 100, three more sets of 50 and to finish with a set of 60 - 5/15/2013 3:27:26 PM
  • BRODIE_BROCK
    I did 59 last week and I'm 52. Broke my previous record of 55. - 4/29/2013 6:38:21 PM
  • just did 39 and I'm 49. Felt like braggin' somewhere... :/ - 4/29/2013 10:45:46 AM
  • BABS260
    First of all people who do their push-ups on their knees for whatever reason can build up to do regular push-ups. There's nothing sexist about this article. The truth is men tend to be stronger in upper body while women tend to be stronger in their lower body. Does this mean that no woman has a strong upper body. No, that's called a fallacy. There are exceptions to every rule but that's all they are...exceptions. However, this does not mean women cannot build up to a point where she can challenge a man. If this article is sexist then sadly the bible is too. Anyway... Off my soapbox. - 4/12/2013 4:28:39 PM
  • PATTYOFURNITURE
    Ladies, don't be offended that you do better than the suggested method ( the on knees) congratulate yourself!! Its never bad to beat expectations, and I doubt anyone was trying to be sexist, one could argue implying that a man that can't do regular push-ups ( and I bet they exist) is less of a man. is just as unfair

    I swich back and forth between regular and knees, slowly building up to the "Regular" ones. - 4/10/2013 8:23:03 AM
  • C00KIE406
    Wow.. this article is dumb and sexist. Why is there no section for "real" pushups done by women? Why do people always assume that women usually aren't capable of doing a proper pushup? Get off your knees women! You'll never be able to do a real pushup if you don't try!! - 4/5/2013 3:02:51 PM
  • This was my first fitness test. I did 28 pushups for my age that was good. Just 2 away from excellent. Didn't think I could do that many. - 3/26/2013 9:33:10 PM
  • MELANIEHAAS
    I do full push-ups too. I am working to do more each day.. Wish me luck. - 2/19/2013 12:58:19 PM

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