Push-Up Records

How many can push-ups can you do?

The push-up is upper body training exercise and a test of upper body strength endurance. It is common to use the number of push-ups someone can do as an assessment of their fitness (see push-up tests).

A common fitness test is to determine the maximum number of push-ups someone can do in one minute. People have also tried to do as many as they can in other time periods, such as an hour or a day. Here are some of these push-up records.

Correct Technique

The Guinness World Record requires that the participant perform the push-up with a specific technique, which is essentially what we describe as a standard push-up. They must keep the body straight throughout, (i.e. no bending at the knees or waist), the body must be lowered until at least a 90-degree angle is attained at the elbows. The body is then raised until the arms are straight, although they do not need to be locked at the elbows.

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Most Push-ups in a Minute

There is no consensus on the most number of push-ups in a minute. Wikipedia lists the Croatian Krunoslav Budiselic as a Guinness World Record holder with 140 push-ups in one minute. Glen Tenove claims to have the Guinness World Record for the Most Push Ups in one Minute with 152. The recordholders.org website states that record claims up to 199 push-ups in one minute have been made, however they do not continue to publish these record claims because it became impossible to judge about the correctness of the technique at this speed.

Push-Ups in an Hour

The Guinness Book of Records for the most push ups in one hour (male) is 2,806, achieved by Australian Jarrad Young at Matrix Boxing Gym, Queensland, Australia, on 31 August 2018. (from Guinness Book of Records website, retrieved July 2019).

Push-Ups in 12 Hours

The most push ups completed in 12 hours is 19,325 by Paddy Doyle (UK) at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Birmingham, UK, on 1 May 1989.

Push-Ups in 24 Hours

Charles Servizio of the US achieved 46,001 push-ups in 24 hours on 24/25 April 1993 at Hesperia. He actually stopped at 21 hrs and 21 minutes, resulting in an average of 36 push-ups per minute.

Most Non-Stop Push-ups

The world record for the most number of non-stop push-ups is 10,507 by Minoru Yoshida of Japan, which was achieved in October 1980, breaking the record of 7,650 by Henry C. Marshal (USA) from 1977. Some time after this record, Guinness stopped recording non-stop push-up records (in which no rest periods are allowed) and instead started recording the record for the most push-ups in 24 hours, with as many rest periods as they wanted.





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