The Pusp Up Test

The Push Up Test

Push Up Test

The Push-Up Test measures muscular strength and endurance, a combination that better reflects your fitness level than your strength levels. A timed push-up test can be done anywhere.

Equipment needed: For the push-up Test, all you need is a stop watch or timer that can measure one full minute; a friend to help keep count and time (optional) or you need to count yourself and monitor the time placing the stop watch nearby.

Goal: Do as many push ups as you can in one minute.

Execution: When the push ups start, so does the clock! Press yourself up with arms fully extended and lower yourself back until your chest is three inches from the floor (but do not touch your body to the floor). Repeat as many times as you can in one minute. You may rest only in the “up” position if necessary.

What this measures: The push-up Test measures the strength and endurance in your chest, shoulders, and triceps.

Results : Here are the age-adjusted standards for the test.

Push Up test norms for Men

Age 17-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 >60
Excellent >56 >47 >41 >34 >31 >30
Good 47-56 39-47 34-41 28-34 25-31 24-30
Above Average 35-46 30-38 25-33 21-27 18-24 17-23
Average 19-34 17-29 13-24 11-20 9-17 6-16
Below Average 11-18 10-16 8-12 6-10 5-8 3-5
Poor <11 <10 <8 <6 <5 <3

Push Up test norms for Women

Age 17-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 >60
Excellent >35 >36 >37 >31 >25 >23
Good 27-35 30-36 30-37 25-31 21-25 19-23
Above Average 21-26 12-22 22-29 18-24 15-20 13-18
Average 11-20 7-11 10-21 8-17 7-14 5-12
Below Average 6-10 2-6 5-9 4-7 3-6 2-4
Poor <6 <2 <5 <4 <3 <2