The push-up beep test measures upper body strength and endurance. In this test, the maximum number of push-up are performed at a rate of 25 push-ups per minute. The following information describes the procedures as once used for the NHL pre-draft testing combine (the test has since been replaced). There is a similar cadence push-up test used for the FitnessGram Program, the President's Challenge Fitness Awards and the Connecticut Physical Fitness Test.
equipment required: floor mat, method of indicating the desired pace of 25 per minute (simply, you can call out at the set cadence using a stopwatch. Other options are using a metronome or our free online push-up metronome. You can also create an audio track using the Team Beep Test software).
pre-test: Explain the test procedures to the subject. Perform screening of health risks and obtain informed consent. Prepare forms and record basic information such as age, height, body weight, gender and test conditions. Perform a standard warm-up. See more details of pre-test procedures.
procedure: athletes are required to perform 25 push-ups a minute (though set the metronome at 50 so that each click signals both the up and down movement). Start in the up position, with the hands positioned under the shoulders and the fingers pointing forward, elbows fully straightened, the body straight with the feet together. For one complete repetition, the athlete lowers the torso so that the elbows reach a 90 degree angle, then returns to the starting position.
scoring: Record the number of correctly completed push-ups that were performed in time to the rhythm.
variations: the cadence push-up test is very similar, though it uses a slower cadence and slightly different technique. The NHL also use the cadence Bench Press Test, which assesses a similar muscle group.
target population: This test is part of the NHL pre-draft fitness assessment, though it would be suitable for any sports in which upper body strength is important.
advantages: this test is easy and quick to perform.
comments: The participants 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.
- Cadence Push-Up Test at 20 per minute
- A similar test, the cadence Bench Press Test performed at 25 per minute at a set weight.
- The general push-up test
- A Simple Push-Up Test that can be done at home
- push-ups as performed in the US Army physical fitness test
- push-ups as performed in the US Navy PRT.
- Cadence Pull-Up Test — at a rate of 15 per minute
- Try our online push-up metronome where you can set any pace.
- This test was once part of the NHL pre-draft testing combine.
- See video of push-up fitness tests
- The alternative test for the President's Challenge and FitnessGram is the pull-up
- World Records for Push Ups
- List of other strength tests