Right Angle Push-Ups

The Right Angle Push-Up is part of the CPFT. It is designed to measure upper body strength and endurance.

How to do the shuttle run

Set Up

  1. Obtain a metronome or drum (optional)
  2. Locate a flat surface, preferably one that is cleaned and cushioned


  1. The cadet lies face down, with hands under shoulders, arms straight, fingers pointed forward, and legs straight, parallel and slightly apart (approximately 2-4 inches) with toes supporting the feet
  2. To complete a push-up, the cadet must straighten their arms, keeping their back and knees straight. Then, the cadet must lower their body, while keeping their back and knees straight, until there is a 90-degree angle at the elbows, with their upper arms parallel to the floor
  3. To judge if the cadet lowers their body enough, a partner holds out his or her own hands to a point such that when the cadet being tested touches their shoulders against the partner’s hands, a 90- degree angle is formed at the cadet’s elbows
  4. The push-ups are done to an audible cadence (clapping, drum, metronome, oral command, etc.) with the cadet completing one (and only one) push-up every three seconds, and continuing until they can do no more in rhythm (having not done the last three in rhythm). The cadet may halt when he or she reaches the required number of repetitions for their achievement
  5. The cadet is free to take as long as they wish to reach the up position, and as long as they wish to reach the down position, provided they begin a new push-up every 3 seconds. The cadet may rest in the up or down position, but the President’s Challenge recommends cadets remain in motion throughout the entire 3-second interval to achieve the best results


  1. The test administrator controls the metronome, or marks cadence orally or by clapping their hands. Each cadet’s partner should judge if the repetitions are being done in rhythm, and count them aloud
  2. Record only those push-ups done in proper form and rhythm
  3. Score one repetition for every instance when the cadet correctly straightens their arms and lowers their body until there is a 90 degree angle at the elbows


CAPP 52-18, Cadet Physical Fitness Program

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License