Test 4: Deadlift 1 RM followed by a max set of Handstand Push-ups

Performance:  Ramp up to a one-rep max and within 30 seconds of completing the deadlift begin the handstand push-ups. The handstand push-ups must bring the ears below the hands so they needs to be done on parallel bars, parallettes, or some other raised platform like chairs or books. Using the wall for balance is O.K.

Scoring:  Multiply the deadlift load in pounds by the number of handstand push-ups completed.

Modifications:  There are two options for modification of this test. The first is to provide manual assistance to the handstand push-ups. Typically, this is done by lifting the athlete by the calves or ankles. Alternately, where even the handstand is a challenge, the substitute exercise is a shoulder press.

Character:  This duo represents a reasonable estimate of an athlete’s total strength – relative and absolute, upper and lower body.

Workout:  This test can be practiced as a workout of three to five repetitions of the test, resting in between efforts as needed.

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