The U.S. Navy SEALs are special operations forces who operate on sea, air and land, hence the acronym, вЂњSEAL.вЂќ There are a variety of requirements for becoming a SEAL, including some challenging physical tests. For example, an enlisted man must perform a minimum of 42 pushups in two minutes as part of a physical screening test (PST) to even be considered for the SEALs. And you can be sure those pushups must be done correctly, according to SEAL standards.
Balance yourself on your hands and toes on a floor or an exercise mat, with your arms shoulder-width apart or just a bit wider, and your elbows and knees straight. Your hands should be palms down and flat on the floor or mat.
Inhale and lower yourself until your upper chest touches the floor or mat. Keep your body and knees straight and remain on the tips of your shoes.
Exhale as you push yourself back into the starting position with your elbows straight.
- Navy SEAL pushups are performed at a fairly slow pace -- approximately two or three seconds per pushup -- for training purposes, forcing you to resist gravity while dropping down. You'll probably want to do them a bit faster if you take the PST so you can maximize your score. Although 42 pushups in two minutes -- almost one pushup per three seconds -- is the minimum requirement, the average applicant performs 79 pushups in two minutes, or about two pushups for every three seconds.