The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of cadence on push-up exercise performance. Outcome measures included ground reaction peak force and number of push-ups for 4 separate cadences; 60 bpm, 90 bpm, 120 bpm, and a self-selected pace. Subjects had anthropometric measurements recorded, then completed 4 separate maximal push-up test sessions using 3 force plates. Statistical analyses revealed an increase in ground reaction peak force and number of push-ups with increasing cadence. Results also showed that when scaled relative to body weight, women had lower upper body forces and a lower number of push-ups performed than men in every circumstance. Self-selected paced push-ups demonstrated the best cadence for the most number of push-ups in both males and females, but was not significantly different than push-ups performed at 120 bpm. Therefore, cadence does have an effect when varied during the push-up exercise and can be used to determine an appropriate pace for performing the highest number of push-ups.
|School:||California State University, Long Beach|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 49/05M, Masters Abstracts International|
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