Bench Press Math: Mean, Median and Mode

By: Shane Boggs



Using reps and max of weightlifting, students will create a frequency table and compute the mean, median and mode.

Keywords: Bench Press, PE, Math, Mean Median and Mode


1. To assess whether improvement has been made in the bench press.
2. To practice making frequency tables.
3. Able to figure mean, median, and mode.


Standard 1: Participate regularly in physical activity. (PE.912.L.1)
Standard 2: Develop and implement a personal fitness program to achieve and maintain a health-enhancing level of physical fitness. (PE.912.L.2)
Standard 2: Relations and Functions - Students draw and interpret graphs of relations. They understand the notation and concept of a function, find domains and ranges, and link equations to functions. (MA.912.A.2)


Academic Preparation

1. Set up weights.
2. Students should have working knowledge of mean, median and mode.


1. Students will get a warm up set on the bench press.

2. Students will be allowed three lifts for their max.
3. Have students create a frequency table of lifts and combine the data in a table on the board.
As a follow up (or Homework) activity:
Use the results from the bench press to do the following:
1. Create a frequency table for those that achieved 200, 250, and 300 pounds.
2. Find the mean, median and mode of the class lifts.
3. Compare answers with classmates.


Student product will be graded for accuracy.

Extensions and Adaptations

Have students find data of an Olympic Weightlifter and compute the mean, median and mode for comparison to the class.

Estimated Lesson Duration

0hr 55min