Besides making you stronger, it is also good for your overall health. Research shows that if you become good at doing push-ups, the health benefits are greater than, for example, making a maximum effort on a treadmill. Jumping is a simple, inexpensive way to work on your health.
Research shows that adult men should be able to do 27 push-ups on average and for women it's 16. A piece of cake, right?
But how heavy is a push-up and how can you make it heavier or lighter if necessary? We will go through some variations with you. We start with the easiest variation and finish with the heaviest.
- Push ups with your hands on a 60 cm rise = 41% of body weight
- Push ups on your knees = 49% of body weight
- Push ups with your hands on a 30 cm rise = 55% of body weight
- Push ups (regular) = 64% of body weight
- Push ups with feet on 30 cm elevation = 70% of body weight
- Push ups with feet on a 60 cm platform = 74% of body weight
As you can see, a normal push up equates to about 65% of your body weight. You can make it lighter by raising your hands and heavier by raising your feet. See what suits you start with a variation that you can do at least 8 repetitions with. If you can do 15 or more, try the next variation. Good Luck!