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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

How Strong Are You??

Pushups are an excellent indicator of your muscular strength.
Men and women can perform the following test, but will perform it differently: Men will assume the full-body pushup position, with hands shoulder-width apart, back straight, toes on the ground. Women, meanwhile, will perform a "knees pushup"—identical to the men's in the upper body, but abbreviated below so that their knees are on the ground.
Once the basic set-up is mastered, simply perform as many pushups as possible in two
minutes, keeping the back straight and, lowering the body until the chin touches the ground. Don’t let the stomach touch, though. On the way up, be sure to completely straighten the arms—bending them so that only half a pushup is performed is not allowed.
Once the two minutes are up, you’ll want to record your score and see how you’ve done. It’s a bit complex, as age and gender affect the evaluation.

For Women: Pushups
Rating Age 20 - 29 Age 30 - 39 Age 40 - 49 Age 50 +
Excellent > 43 > 40 > 36 > 32
Good 39 - 43 35 - 40 32 - 36 28 - 32
Fair 21 - 38 17 - 34 12- 31 10 - 27
Poor < 21 < 17 < 12 < 10

For Men: Pushups
Rating Age 20 - 29 Age 30 - 39 Age 40 - 49 Age 50 +
Excellent > 80 > 73 > 66 > 58
Good 71 - 80 64 - 73 56 - 66 49 - 58
Fair 47 - 70 41 - 63 34 - 55 30 - 48
Poor < 47 < 41 < 34 < 30

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