Give Yourself a Push

Strength Test
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When it comes to upper-body exercises, there isn’t a better exercise than the push-up. It works the chest, back, shoulders and abs. No wonder it is the gold standard when it comes to testing upper-body strength, according to the American College of Sports Medicine.

Here’s how to test yourself. Start in the down position with your back straight, hands shoulder-width apart and head in line with your spine. Raise your body up by extending your elbows, then lower yourself down until your chin touches the floor. This is one push-up. Continue until your form wavers for two reps or you start to strain to complete a rep. The number of push-ups you do consecutively without rest is your score, which you can compare to the numbers below.

Poor

Fair

Average

Very Good

Excellent

16

17-21

22-28

29-35

36