Cadence Push-Up Test
The push up test measures upper body strength and endurance. In this test, the maximum number of push up performed at a rate of one every three seconds is recorded. The following information describes the procedures as used for the FitnessGram Program, the President's Challenge Fitness Awards and the Connecticut Physical Fitness Test. There is also another push up beep test at a faster rate.
- equipment required: floor mat, PACER cd with push-up cadence track, If the cadence cd is not available, you can call out at the set cadence using a stopwatch, use a metronome, or create an audio track using the Team Beep Test software. You can also download a Bleep Press-up Cadence mp3 track that has the required cadence.
- procedure: Start in the push up position - with the hands and toes touching the floor, the body and legs are in a straight line, feet slightly apart, the arms at shoulder width apart, extended and at a right angles to the body. Keeping the back and knees straight, the subject lowers the body until there is a 90-degree angle at the elbows, with the upper arms parallel to the floor. A partner holds their hand at the point of the 90-degree angle so that the subject being tested goes down only until their shoulder touches the partner's hand, then back up. The push-ups are done in time to a metronome or similar device with one complete push-up every three seconds (1.5 seconds down and 1.5 seconds up, 20 complete push-ups per minute). The subject continues until they can do no more in rhythm (has not done the last three in rhythm) or has reached the target number of push-ups. (see push up videos for some examples)
- variations: the alternative test to this push up test for the President's Challenge is the pull-upor flexed arm hang. There is also a cadence Bench Press Test.
- scoring: Record the number of correctly completed push-ups that were performed in time to the rhythm.
- target population: sports in which upper body strength is important.
- advantages: this test is easy and quick to perform.
- comments: The subjects should be instructed to spend as little time in the starting position beforehand in order to reduce fatigue and increase the number of repetitions. The test is also sometimes called the press up test.
- There is also another push up beep test at a faster rate (25 per minute).
- Read about the general Push Up Test - with links to other variations such as a Simple Push-Up Test that can be done at home, push ups as performed in the US Army physical fitness test and push ups as performed in the US Navy PRT.
- buy a Bleep Press-up Cadence mp3 track
- see video of push up fitness tests
- about the President's Challenge Fitness Awards, the Connecticut Physical Fitness Test and the FitnessGram Program
- alternative test for the President's Challenge and FitnessGram is the pull-up
- A similar test, the cadence Bench Press Test performed at 25 per minute at a set weight.
- World Records for Push Ups
- list of other Strength Tests