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!
I used to regularly get 55+ pushups in 2 minutes in the Army, and beat nearly all the boys! But I'm not offended by this test, in that it's not a workout, but a test of fitness that women can measure. I'd recommend practicing with real pushups, and then when it's time to test, enjoy the results with the female chart! That's what I'm going to do. Honestly, we have our weight distributed down aWAY from our shoulders, so we really are lifting "more" than the guys, like the way a see saw is affected by you moving out and away from the fulcrum. Don't be offended--just go for it, measure yourself, and take pride in being a women with your beautiful hips. And max the female test if you're good at standard pushups. Because again, you probably really ARE doing more work proportionally compared to a male.
PUSH up? At my age....I don't think so. Best I can do is a wall push up. For some reason my upper arms bother me alot when I do certain exercises. Had to have them take the Pec dec off my circuit at Curves, it was just bothering me too much. I find work out in Water Aerobics can aggravate it too. More in the bicep. Don't think push ups would be a good idea at this point.
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