2014 Student Research Conference:
27th Annual Student Research Conference

Correlation of Body-Weight Endurance Push-Ups and 1RM Bench Press in Male Athletes
Leo N. Seiler
Dr. Jerry Mayhew, Faculty Mentor

The purpose of this study was to determine the relationship between one-repetition maximum bench press (1RM) and maximum repetition push-ups in college athletes. Fifteen athletes were measured for standard 1RM bench press using free weights and for maximum push-ups to fatigue. Body weight was the only variable significantly correlated with 1RM (r = 0.60, p<0.004) but was not significantly correlated with push-ups (r = -0.47, p = 0.08). Height (r = -0.42) was also negatively but not significantly correlated with push-ups. Products of height x pushups (r = -0.04) and weight x pushups (r = 0.35) were also not significantly correlated with 1RM performance. Multiple regression analysis combining push-ups and body weight to predict 1RM produced a moderately accurate equation (R = 0.74, SEE = 18.7 kg, CV% = 14.9). Maximum push-ups to fatigue do not appear to be an acceptable predictor of one-repetition maximum bench press performance in athletes.


Topic(s):Exercise Science

Presentation Type: Poster

Session: 8-8
Location: GEO - SUB
Time: 3:30

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