Tuesday, March 11, 2008

Are Push-ups the ultimate barometer of fitness?

This NY-Times article makes a pretty good case. It also tells us what Jack Lalane is up to at 93years old:

Mr. LaLanne, who once set a world record by doing 1,000 push-ups in 23 minutes, still does push-ups as part of his daily workout. Now he balances his feet and each hand on three chairs. "That way I can go way down, even lower than if I was on the floor,” he said. “That’s really tough.”

Mr. Lalane, I salute you.


Dave said...

I'd definitely agree with that.

I do have a question about the quote below that was taken from the article.

"Based on national averages, a 40-year-old woman should be able to do 16 push-ups..."

Where did they come up with that number? Are those girly push-ups? If not that sure sounds like a hell of a lot.

Danny from Milwaukee said...

Yeah, that confused me too. I'm not sure what "based on" national averages means. I guarantee the national average for 40-year-old women in this country is closer to .5 or so.