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# Thread: What % of body weight do you lift when doing a push up?

1. ## What % of body weight do you lift when doing a push up?

Say I weigh 150lbs, obviously I'm not lifting 150 lbs when doing a push up. What % would you say you actually lift when doing a push up, 60%? So with that said, if that's true, I should certainly be able to bench 90lbs?

2. yeah prob like 60%

3. i just put my hands on a scale and thats how much you can do for PUSH UPS bench press is TOTALLY different there is no way you will start where how much you can do with push ups

5. you can also weigh yourself on a scale...then go in push up position with hands on the scale...then do a simple calculated to get percentage...and there you go

6. Originally Posted by sb8160
i just put my hands on a scale and thats how much you can do for PUSH UPS bench press is TOTALLY different there is no way you will start where how much you can do with push ups

Originally Posted by skaffer
you can also weigh yourself on a scale...then go in push up position with hands on the scale...then do a simple calculated to get percentage...and there you go
Cool, I never thought about using a scale, I guess that'd be accurate enough.

I hope this will at least give me an idea of how much weight to use when i start benching

7. Originally Posted by skaffer
I tried the scale thing... Turns out I pushed 73% in the starting pushup position.

pretty close

8. Originally Posted by skaffer
you can also weigh yourself on a scale...then go in push up position with hands on the scale...then do a simple calculated to get percentage...and there you go
This is a very creative way to work it out.

9. Glad it worked out for you brah

10. Dips > pushups in every way.

Dips = 100% of your BW and then whatever weight you add.

11. Originally Posted by sb8160
i just put my hands on a scale and thats how much you can do for PUSH UPS bench press is TOTALLY different there is no way you will start where how much you can do with push ups
nice logic (Y)

12. i use around 70kgs now, that i weigh 97. so yea a bit more than 70%, also used scale to figure out but benching and pushups are different... i can easily do around 20 push ups in a row if i am determined enough, yet i can only bench 70 once if i try my best. its a good indicator if you minus around 20kgs from your push up id say, and bench with that 3x10, or whatever set arrangement you follow.

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