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The Push-Up Test

A DIY Fitness Assessment

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  • I didn't realize I was supposed to do modified pushups!! So I am average for a man my age... what that means for me, as a woman... I'm not sure... - 4/24/2010 8:29:44 AM
  • I've been doing supersets of them, cycling between 3 hand positions (close, normal and wide). I can do 18 like that. . . managed to even do 21 one day.

    But lately I've been feeling the strain in my lower back and can't do as many. - 4/24/2010 8:27:14 AM
  • 32 at 235 lbs, 31 yrs old. not bad!! - 3/25/2010 6:45:03 PM
  • 32 at 235 lbs, 31 yrs old. not bad!! - 3/25/2010 6:36:56 PM
  • 27 at 31 yrs old. Not too bad. It will get better as the training continues and the pounds come off. And, I'm dealing with a tweaked shoulder. Go me. - 2/28/2010 1:35:44 PM
  • 33 for a 51 yr old. - 2/26/2010 8:43:44 PM
  • I am still catching my breath. But, at 64 years of age, I guess the strength training I've been doing since September is paying off. I did 26 push-up in ladies position. Next time I'm going to try men's position and see what I can do, but not today or tomorrow! - 2/26/2010 12:59:10 PM
  • I am stoked because I can do 100 consecutive pushups. If I can do it, anyone can! - 2/26/2010 12:16:23 PM
  • SUCCESSHEL
    i did 30 and that was mid "good" range for my age. i was pretty happy about it because i had my second carpal tunnel surgery mid november[had the first one mid july] and i have only been able to work my upper body supporting my own weight for about 2 months now. it was an inofrmative test. - 2/26/2010 9:45:26 AM
  • I agree with all the ladies that posted here - need a chart for women that do standard push ups.
    In our local boot camp class all the women do many, many standard push ups. They would be offended having to score themselves by modified version. (The instructor and I are the only men in the class - these ladies are tough!) - 2/26/2010 9:31:08 AM
  • Add me to the list of people who would like to see the chart for women doing standard pushups. I would rather do a few standard pushups than several modified, but that's just me. - 2/26/2010 8:52:00 AM
  • Great article, however, where is a chart for women's standard pushups? Would definitely like to see one. - 2/1/2010 1:56:33 PM
  • I would also like to see a chart for women for standard pushups. Those are the ones I track and those are the ones I want to work on. - 1/25/2010 10:21:27 PM
  • I would like to know what the UN-modified levels would be for women. My work-out buddy and I have long since graduated from modified pushups, and it would be nice to have number to work towards... - 1/23/2010 11:49:44 AM
  • I had to do pushups in tae kwon do, andI sucked at them. Then a trainer gave me a great tip to build up strength: If you can't do pushups, a good way to practice is by doing pushups with your hands on one of your lower steps on a set of stairs. It's a whole lot easier than when you're straight on the ground. Maybe try the third or fourth step if you're really having a problem and then move down one step closer to the ground as you get stronger. They're definitely hard for women to do, but once you build up strength, they're manageable. I think using a step is much better than doing them on the ground with really lousy form. - 1/23/2010 11:17:04 AM

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