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!
I am stoked because I can do 100 consecutive pushups. If I can do it, anyone can!
2/26/2010 9:45:26 AM
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.
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!)
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.
Due to a new job, I haven't worked out in 3 months. Prior to that I was doing 3 sets of 12 full pushups. So I wasn't too optimistic about my conditioning after 3 months off. I managed 34.5 modified pushups in 1 minute! I'm a 48 yo woman. Yea me!
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