My 10 year old has to test for his black belt in a few weeks and part of that is 50 situps in 60 seconds and 50 pushups in 60 seconds which seems kinda crazy for his age.
Any suggestions on what he should eat a day, an hour or whatever before to get him through this?
Just practice and make sure he's getting enough food, no need for anything special
Bench: 45 lbs Bench: 235 lbs
Squat: 95 lbs Squat: 285 lbs
Deadlift: 100 lbs Deadlift: 330 lbs
Just practice them loads as Mercury says and make sure he has a lot of energy before he goes for his test.
good luck to your son
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I'd say practice practice practice... time him and try to get him to be able to do 55 pushups in 60 seconds. Day or two rest before the test and it should be np!
Good luck to him!
As others have mentioned I would recommend working on strength endurance by performing high-rep pushup training.
In terms of food I would just eat normally while making sure to consume a meal with carbohydrates 1-2 hours prior to the testing. If he would like an extra boost he can have a piece of fruit or some honey prior to the testing but I would not recommend trying anything new prior to an athletic competition - so try it in training first if you have time and if not then just approach the testing as you would any other workout.
I know for my son's tests, he is not required to do a full range of motion. It is what they call a "karate push-up." Basically it's arms to 90 degrees. Is it the same for your kid?
I imagine an active 10 year old probably weighs around 90 - 100lbs. At that weight your kid could probably pump out push ups like they're no big deal. Your kid could probably do 50 handstand pushups. I think confidence is going to be the most important aspect.
Right now he's only doing 24, so I'm a little concerned though. His test is 9/11.
I started him on the 100 pushups training deal from hundredpushups.com. I moved him ahead in the training so that he'll be maxing out at 55 before the test. We've done a few days of it with a rest day in between and while he's tired at the end, he's finishing.
Thing is though, you pay $200 to test, so if he fails the push ups, I'm out the money.
Day one is physical fitness, push ups/situps/1.5 mile run.
Day two is all the actual martial arts stuff.
Last edited by xray328; 08-24-2010 at 02:25 PM.
When I was in the army pushups were a big deal. I did a lot of incline pushups (feet placed on a higher surface than my hands). I had a lot of success from those. Of course pure repetition will build results.