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The Push-Up Test

A DIY Fitness Assessment


  • 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
    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
    I do full push-ups too. I am working to do more each day.. Wish me luck. - 2/19/2013 12:58:19 PM
  • I think they should do a chart of MODIFIED for men and FULL for women, too. I do full pushups, even if I can't do a remarkable number.

    I'm sure there are men starting out who cannot do a full pushup--even though they're super strong in upper body, people coming here may be ANYWHERE along the continuum of ability.

    - 12/14/2012 12:50:43 PM
  • Awesome info. I did not do too bad. Thanks - 12/2/2012 9:47:08 PM
  • I started the 30 day shred DVD by Jillian Michaels one week ago. On day 1, I could not do ANY pushups....not even one. (women's version). One week later I can do between 8-10. I am amazed how quickly my strength has improved just in 7 days. - 7/30/2012 9:16:24 AM
    stupid test, absolutely impossible to achive except for FIT people ...
    really only disappointing .. perfect for frustration eaters !! - 7/19/2012 4:33:19 AM
  • I am a 72 year old female and I am sorry I cannot even to one of these! I canm't even get on the floor because it hurts the knee and you better call the EMTs to get me back up! - 7/7/2012 5:14:14 PM
  • I don't know how many I could do because a disability in my rt hand keeps me from trying them. - 7/7/2012 10:20:00 AM
  • I'd been using this chart for a while but had never noticed that the women's chart is based on modified pushups. I do full pushups but felt a little disappointed when my 30+ pushups were deemed "average". But I guess not! I started out doing modified pushups, I could barely do 5 of those my first time around, but now [four and a half months later] I'm up to doing 70 full pushups in a session [multiple sets, of course]. Amazing how my body's changed. - 7/7/2012 7:50:16 AM
    Thank you, JLANGE. I was wondering about that, too. I certainly can't do "male" pushups, but once I have more upper body strength, I would like to try. I appreciate your research! - 2/21/2012 5:36:31 AM
    I'm disappointed that the only rating chart for women is for modified pushups. Many of us (females) can do full pushups... - 1/29/2012 11:30:53 AM

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