Upper Body Strength Assessment Essay

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Thirty (30) recreationally active males between the ages of 17 and 25 years performed upper body strength assessments using timed push-up and timed modified pull-up. The selection criteria for subjects was that they had to be exercising at least 150 minutes every week. Informed consent was obtained from the subjects before the start of the assessments. Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) was completed by the subjects prior to the assessments. Subjects were excluded if they had injuries that could be made worse by performing the tests.

Equipment used in this study included a stadiometer with a mechanical counter (Holtain Ltd. Crymych, Dyfed), a weighing scale (Sartorius ISI 10 AG Gottingen, Germany), an incline pull up bar, stepping boards and an IPhone application (Intervals). During the collection of bio data, the stadiometer is used for measuring the stature of the subjects and the weighing scale is used for measuring the weight of the subjects. The incline pull-up bar was for the subjects to grip and the stepping boards were for them to rest their heels on
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During the familiarization session, subjects had their height and weight taken, completed a Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire (PAR-Q) and survey crafted by the testers.

The two tests chosen for upper body push and pull strength ratio are timed push-up and timed modified pull-up. The two tests were done on different days with at least one day in between to prevent delayed onset muscle soreness from affecting their ability in performing the tests.

Two tests of upper body strength were performed by a group of healthy recreationally active males. 1. Push-ups were performed maximally for 15 seconds for 3 sets with 45 seconds rest in between each set. 2. Modified pull-ups were performed maximally for 15 seconds for 3 sets with 45 seconds rest in between each

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