Maximum Push Up Test
This is a variation of the push up test, in which the participant attempts to do as many push ups as they can, with no time limit. See more about other push up tests.
- purpose: Push-ups are used to assess the strength and endurance of the upper body muscles in the shoulders, chest, and back of the upper arms (the triceps).
- equipment required: floor mat or other flat surface, 4 inch foam cube.
- procedure: The aim of this test is to perform as many push-ups in you can. The starting position is with your arms straight with the elbows locked, body in a straight line, hands placed slightly wider than shoulder-width apart with fingers pointing forward, and both feet on the floor. A foam block is placed under the chest (located at the costal arch and above the zyphoid bone). The subject lowers their body until they slightly compress the foam cube, and arms are at least parallel to the floor, then pushes up again. The back must be kept straight, and in each extension up, the elbows should lock. Resting is allowed, though only in the up (starting) position.
- scoring: The maximum number of correctly performed push ups is recorded. There are some individuals who can do a lot of consecutive pushups, so it may be appropriate to have a maximum that when it is reached the participant stops the test. See push up records to see what people are capable of doin.
- comments: this test is part of the workplace assessment for Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission and possibly other departments too.