Push-Ups: Can You Drop and Do 20?


The amount of push-ups you can do is an excellent indicator of your muscular strength. So what’s your number? To find out, do as many push-ups as you can—until you literally drop.

Everyone should include the standard military-style push-up–with only the hands and toes touching the floor–in their training routines, and that includes women. Performing push-ups in the bent-knee position only perpetuates the gym myth that women can’t do standard push-ups.

And if you suck at push-ups, it’s probably because you’re not doing them. Why not start now?

If you need motivation, the challenge at hundredpushups.com is fun and definitely worth a shot. Its aim is to have you do 100 push-ups in a row–military-style, and with good form. That means keeping your back straight and lowering your body until your chin touches the ground. Don’t let your chest or abs touch the floor at the bottom, and completely straighten your arms at the top of the motion.

Why does this matter to you? Because push-ups, which work the entire body, including the arms, chest, abs, hips and legs, are the ultimate test of fitness. They will help build a stronger you, which is something you should always be striving for. And remember, push-ups aren’t exclusive to the male fitness culture! I want to hear more women proclaim, “I’m in good health. Watch me drop and do 20.”