Duration :

1 min

Level :

beginner

Equipment needed :

- None

Discipline :

fitness test

In this fitness test, we'll be challenging your upper body with a maximum repetition press up test.

You'll be guided through a few different versions of the exercise, including:

  • Chest to wall
  • Kneeling push up
  • Full push up

You're aiming to do as many press ups as possible in one minute. Some people like to keep a steady pace, whereas others might like to do a few reps and then take a second to rest and before continuing. Whichever approach you take is fine so long as you remember to count every single repetition.

You should record your results as soon as you finish, including the date that you took the test, the number of reps you completed and which version of the press up you did,including your distance from the wall if that was the option that you took. Including as much detail as possible means that you can replicate the test in future and accurately track your progress.

You may like to have someone else with you to help you count your reps, or film yourself on your phone or camera so that you can count them afterwards.

Make sure you take this test before you do any exercise, so that you aren't already fatigued. We want this to be your best effort - the benchmark that you can measure your progress by.

We recommend coming back every 4-6 weeks to retest.

Natalie's tips for this session:
"It may seem like a long time while you're doing the test, but it's only one minute of effort and then you can rest with the knowledge that you challenged your body to do something awesome!"

Equipment required:

  • Exercise mat (optional)
  • Wall space (optional)

Instructor : Natalie Goodchild

Qualification: Level 3 Personal Training
Area of expertise: Cystic Fibrosis
Connection to the condition: Natalie has cystic fibrosis

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