Push Ups test muscular endurance, or the ability to contract the muscles repeatedly over a period of time, which indicates efficiency in movement and the capacity to do work. It focuses on the shoulder girdle (deltoids, pectorals, and triceps) which is important in Defensive Tactics, Handcuffing, and Rescue Operations.
The hands are placed slightly wider than shoulder width apart, with the fingers pointed forward. The administrator places one fist on the floor below the participant’s chest. If a male is testing a female, a three-inch sponge should be placed under the sternum to substitute for the fist.
Starting from the up position (elbows extended), the participant must keep the back straight at all times and lower the body to the floor until the chest touches the administrator’s fist. Participant then returns to the up position. This is one repetition. The modified push-up for females is performed on the hands and knees with the back straight and the hands slightly in front of the shoulders in the up position.
Resting should be done only in the up position. Both hands must remain in contact with the floor at all times. The back must remain straight while resting.
There is no time limit; the total number of correct push-ups is recorded as the score. Females are allowed to use the modified push-up position.
The numbers in the column on the Female side represent Modified and Full Body respectively.