What is the best test of fitness? Running a mile all out? Running a 400? Or is it maxing out on the bench? Maybe even sprinting a 40. Or your vertical leap?
I would never claim that a push-up is the best test of someone’s fitness. But I’m just a dude sitting in Minnesota, what do I know?
The New York Times claims that:
The push-up is the ultimate barometer of fitness. It tests the whole body, engaging muscle groups in the arms, chest, abdomen, hips and legs. It requires the body to be taut like a plank with toes and palms on the floor. The act of lifting and lowering oneâ€™s entire weight is taxing even for the very fit.
I agree push-ups can be difficult but come on, surely there is something else we can use to judge fitness levels.
But many people simply canâ€™t do push-ups. Health and fitness experts, including the American College of Sports Medicine, have urged more focus on upper-body fitness. The aerobics movement has emphasized cardiovascular fitness but has also shifted attention from strength training exercises.
I would agree with that. I think on any given day I can easily whip out 15 push-ups (without a break) no problem! What about you?
[tags] Push-ups, Fitness [/tags]