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The Push-Up Test

A DIY Fitness Assessment

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  • 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
  • NOSUGARADDED87
    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
  • SPOORK
    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
  • 65 year old male. I managed 43 full pushups. Will try for 50 next time. - 1/22/2012 10:45:50 AM
  • I'm a 57 year old male and I did 61 in 50 seconds. I ran out of steam at the end so I guess I'll work on that. I split firewood with an 8 lb. axe all winter long so I guess it helps out. - 11/21/2011 1:49:10 PM
  • I am over fifty I just did 33 military push ups - no knees! Yea me! - 8/13/2011 12:49:08 PM
  • I'm a 34 year old female and did 38 on my toes. So by women's "standards" would that put me at 76? - 8/13/2011 11:15:46 AM
  • This is great. My arm strength has always been lacking and I want to improve this. Now I can track it with everything else. :) - 5/4/2011 9:46:39 AM
  • JLANGE3
    I was wondering about the full (military style) push-up standards for women as well and found this website: http://www.apft-standards.com/pushup-femal
    e.html (army) I think the numbers under the word 'points' are age brackets.

    So how do we record full push ups on Spark? Maybe we can set our own goals? I am still learning how to use the website.

    If not, someone on the web suggested that 5 knee push ups = one full. In my opinion it is definitely more than a 2 to 1 ratio which is also cited. - 4/22/2011 2:11:19 PM
  • JLANGE3
    I was wondering about the full (military style) push-up standards for women as well and found this website: http://www.apft-standards.com/pushup-femal
    e.html (army) I think the numbers under the word 'points' are age brackets.

    So how do we record full push ups on Spark? Maybe we can set our own goals? I am still learning how to use the website.

    If not, someone on the web suggested that 5 knee push ups = one full. In my opinion it is definitely more than a 2 to 1 ratio which is also cited. - 4/22/2011 2:09:37 PM
  • What is the goal for women full pushup? - 4/15/2011 10:01:10 AM
  • Tested in the 50-59 age grouge, I timed myself and did about 10 which is average. I have something to work on - 4/4/2011 4:19:34 PM
  • I worked on push-ups for 3 months, and managed to do zero proper ones at the end of it. Frustrating! - 4/4/2011 9:02:39 AM

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