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Push-up/Percentage of bodyweight

Does anyone know what percentage of your bodyweight you are lifting when you do a pushup?

The standard answer to this question is to try doing a pushup with your hands on a bathroom scale and see what % of your bodyweight registers.

It all depends how your arms and ass are positioned.

In his article ‘Push up your explosive strength’ Chad Waterbury says ‘Depending on your body structure, the traditional push-up position would create a load of approximately 60% of bodyweight’