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What does the push up test measure?

The push up test measures muscular endurance of the upper body.

The push up test is performed for a duration of 60 seconds, or until failure without any break in proper form. Begin in a push up position with the body forming a straight line from head to ankles. Have a partner place their closed fist on the floor underneath the chest of the person performing the push ups. Keeping the body straight, lower down until the chest makes contact with the fist, then return to the start position. Only the push ups where the chest makes contact with the partners fist are counted and recorded.


The push up test measures upper body endurance, as opposed to a one rep maximum bench press test which measures muscular strength.

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