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The Push-Up Test

A DIY Fitness Assessment


  • Wow I thought I was in fairly good shape but I couldn't do 3 "good" pushups (3" from the floor)...good article...I printed it and will keep working out and try again in 4 weeks! - 1/17/2009 2:09:02 PM
  • wow, this really showed me that i have lots of room for improvement! Thanks for the test! - 1/5/2009 11:48:41 PM
    This was excellent and I want to thank-you for this test. I was feeling so bad about myself and all the hard work I have done.
    I am 51 years old and I did 32 push ups. Excellent shape. thank-you
    wileve - 1/3/2009 2:47:30 PM
  • I did 20 & that's average for my age, so I'm thrilled!! I don't think my fitness has ever been "average". Yay for getting in shape! I've lost 20 pounds and I feel so much better just from that, but I could stand to lose atleast 50 more. But I am stoked that I did so well on the pushup test!! - 11/17/2008 10:46:55 PM
  • I did better than I thought I would. I did 19 and was yelling during the last one I did. :) I'm 37 so that puts me in the average category. I made a note on my SP to see how I do four weeks from now. I'm starting a ST routine (Jari Love's Ripped to the Core DVD) so I'm sure I'll be better by then! - 11/17/2008 6:45:49 PM
  • Sorry for the typos in my previous post. I can't edit to correct them. - 11/8/2008 10:25:46 PM
  • 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

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