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The Push-Up Test

A DIY Fitness Assessment


  • Here on SparkPeople there is a group doing the One Hundred Pushup challenge. The group is called "One Hundred Pushups". I joined a few weeks go. I've been doing regular pushups and this morning I did 50 consecutive which puts me in excellent shape among men my age. In just 4 more consecutive pushups I'll be in excellent shape among men ages 20-29. I'm a 37 yr old woman! If anyone wants to improve their pushups, I high recommend the 100 Pushup Challenge! Many of the women are doing the challenge with knee pushups. And there are lots of beginners who have never done pushups before. So don't feel intimidate to join the group. - 11/8/2008 2:46:31 PM
    With a puppy and three kids around me to see what I was doing, I was able to do 23, and I'm almost 28 years old. While I am average, my goal is excellent. Then again, I don't work out at all yet, and am trying to get into a routine, so plenty of time to work on this. Great test! - 11/3/2008 6:33:30 PM
  • S318830- The modified pushup is the standard fitness assessment for women, not regular pushups. - 10/14/2008 3:34:06 PM
  • I'm disappointed that there was no chart for women with regular pushups. - 10/14/2008 3:20:14 PM
  • I was able to do 39 modified push ups so my status was excellent for 40 year olds. Not bad for me. Now I need to be able to do full push ups on my feet. I guess that's a new goal for myself. - 9/3/2008 3:14:02 PM
    Ive been working out just about every day since May and I can only do 5 push ups! Hehe, that's a shame. Only 5. Well, I will comfort myself and believe that in May, I wouldnt have been able to do more than 2! - 9/2/2008 10:39:34 PM
  • This was really cool to try, everyone at work had to try. We had a great time, and I fell into the good range of 34!!!!!! - 8/2/2008 6:30:34 AM
    Of course that's true, but this is a standard fitness testing protocol. There are differences in the strength levels of men and women, and fitness tests like this allow for that. This is the most common way to test. - 7/16/2008 8:52:15 AM
  • Women can do full push-ups!! And not all men can do full push-ups!! I don't think this article should delimit a person's ability to do certain types of push-ups based on their gender! Wow, I'm shocked! - 7/16/2008 12:45:00 AM
    Hahaha, whooo, I'm tired now. o_o - 7/5/2008 11:50:05 PM
  • Great article. - 7/5/2008 2:26:07 AM
  • Great article. - 7/5/2008 2:19:22 AM
  • I would like to see the chart for women's normal pushups, for now I can only compare myself to the mens chart. While I believe in equality, I don't think that's a very accurate measure... - 6/28/2008 8:44:06 AM
  • i have always had trouble doing push-ups. my wrists would ache terribly. last year i got a pair of push-up bars from walmart. makes all the difference in the world. don't be sold by the hype of the high priced perfect push up sets. the ones i bought were less than $10 and work fine. - 6/25/2008 7:52:43 PM
  • Try doing push-ups on your knuckles. It doesn't hurt as bad but make sure that you have something soft under your knuckles to rest on. That is how I use to do push-ups when I took Taekwondo. - 6/25/2008 2:12:54 PM

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