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Old 04-13-2010, 05:16 AM
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Default How many pushups should a relatively fit 16 year old be able to do?

I'm doing about 65-70 a day right now, is there some sort of stats chart around that shows the averages per age? I'm 145 pounds, 5'11".
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Old 04-13-2010, 05:28 AM
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42 push-ups in 2 minutes is a good number to shoot for. It's the minimum needed to pass the Army Physical Fitness Test.
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Basically, you take the natural logarithm of eighty minus your age and multiply that by five and that's how many push-ups you should be able to do in a minute.

In your case ln(80 - 16) * 5 = 21
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This site has a lot of averages; don't know what their sources are, though: http://www.elitefeet.com/are-you-an-average-man.

From my experience the average relatively fit 16 year old can probably do 20-30 max(consecutive).
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Old 04-13-2010, 02:56 PM
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I'd say 30 or so straight is a decent goal? On the low end though.
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at least sixty.
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Default Re: How many pushups should a relatively fit 16 year old be able to do?

You might find an answer in this article titled:
How Many Push-Ups Should a 16-Year-Old Do a Day?

http://www.ehow.com/way_5313229_many...ld-do-day.html

If not, look at these Fitness Test Norm charts:

http://www.exrx.net/Testing/YouthNorms.html

16 Yr. old Male

Rating
Athletic: --- 41
High: ------ 36
Healthy: --- 18


If any test lists percentiles, think of percentiles as your exam grade.
You'd prefer a 95 versus a 75 or 50.
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:03 PM
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Default Re: How many pushups should a relatively fit 16 year old be able to do?

I'd have said about 25-30 in 2 minutes.
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Old 04-13-2010, 10:25 PM
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I'm 16, and can do around 50 in two minutes. Shouldn't be too hard, if you're having difficulty then start with something easy like 20 reps, then bump up your numbers each day.
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Well, it's dependent on how much you do the Push-ups. If you do them every day you'll be doing sets of 100 in a couple months. At roughly 21 I was pounding out sets of 100 @ 10 sets a day. Same with Sit-ups.
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Default Re: How many pushups should a relatively fit 16 year old be able to do?

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I'd have said about 25-30 in 2 minutes.
This discussion is not about limp wristed... whatever the fuck you are's.
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:24 PM
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The Army uses percentiles and ranges. According to the latter, males between 16 and 24 should be able to a minimum of 49 push-ups in two minutes.
Does anyone know if you have to stay in position the entire time or could you do a set, rest, then do another?
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Old 04-13-2010, 11:26 PM
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18 and I can do around 30 right now, when I was 14-16 I did pushups every day... I think I got up to being able to do 70
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Old but awesome.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_Physical_Fitness_Test

Yeah, I'd agree with the rest and say the army is a good indicator.
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The Push-Up: "The push-up event measures the endurance of the chest, shoulder, and triceps muscles. On the command ‘get set,’ assume the front-leaning rest position by placing your hands where they are comfortable for you. Your feet may be together or up to 12 inches apart. When viewed from the side, your body should form a generally straight line from your shoulders to your ankles. On the command ‘go,’ begin the push-up by bending your elbows and lowering your entire body as a single unit until your upper arms are at least parallel to the ground. Then, return to the starting position by raising your entire body until your arms are fully extended. Your body must remain rigid in a generally straight line and move as a unit while performing each repetition. At the end of each repetition, the scorer will state the number of repetitions you have completed correctly. If you fail to keep your body generally straight, to lower your whole body until your upper arms are at least parallel to the ground, or to extend your arms completely, that repetition will not count, and the scorer will repeat the number of the last correctly performed repetition. If you fail to perform the first ten push-ups correctly, the scorer will tell you to go to your knees and will explain to you what your mistakes are. You will then be sent to the end of the line to be retested. After the first 10 push-ups have been performed and counted, however, no restarts are allowed. The test will continue, and any incorrectly performed push-ups will not be counted. An altered, front-leaning rest position is the only authorized rest position. That is, you may sag in the middle or flex your back. When flexing your back, you may bend your knees, but not to such an extent that you are supporting most of your body weight with your legs. If this occurs, your performance will be terminated. You must return to, and pause in, the correct starting position before continuing. If you rest on the ground or raise either hand or foot from the ground, your performance will be terminated. You may reposition your hands and/or feet during the event as long as they remain in contact with the ground at all times. Correct performance is important. You will have two minutes in which to do as many push-ups as you can."
Well well well, lately I've been going chin to the ground. Seems I could easily pass it; not that I have any interest in the army(I want nothing to do with the government).
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:34 AM
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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Army_Physical_Fitness_Test

Yeah, I'd agree with the rest and say the army is a good indicator.
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Old 04-15-2010, 02:44 AM
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Wow, I thought I was bad for pushups, you guys are giving him shit suggestions. I can easily crank out 50 in a minute...
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Basically, you take the natural logarithm of eighty minus your age and multiply that by five and that's how many push-ups you should be able to do in a minute.

In your case ln(80 - 16) * 5 = 21
Umm sorry but (80 - 16) * 5 = 320

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Basically, you take the natural logarithm of eighty minus your age and multiply that by five and that's how many push-ups you should be able to do in a minute.

In your case ln(80 - 16) * 5 = 21
how the fuck does that math work? 80 - 16 = 64. so 64 multiplied by 5 is 320 push ups in a minute. no way.

Anyone doing 50 push ups in a minute looks like a jackass.

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Old 04-15-2010, 02:51 AM
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122.4 pushups
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once again i enjoy the post 5 posts down much more.
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I used to be able to 100 in a row back during my XC years in High-School, now doing 25 is a challenge. Back then, I trained nearly every day, now, I barely train at all.

It all depends on how often you do them.
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how the fuck does that math work? 80 - 16 = 64. so 64 multiplied by 5 is 320 push ups in a minute. no way.

Anyone doing 50 push ups in a minute looks like a jackass.

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Holding at the peak or low-point of the pushup would probably make them harder. More tension for a longer period of time doesn't sound like it would make anything easier, except maybe allow you to catch your breath.
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TheDarkRodent and Echidna, try reading what HAS said:

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Basically, you take the natural logarithm of eighty minus your age and multiply that by five and that's how many push-ups you should be able to do in a minute.

In your case ln(80 - 16) * 5 = 21
You both missed out the natural logarithm part:

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Umm sorry but (80 - 16) * 5 = 320

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how the fuck does that math work? 80 - 16 = 64. so 64 multiplied by 5 is 320 push ups in a minute. no way.


Here is a further explanation:

The guy said the natural log of eighty minus your age, which is indicated by:

ln (80 - 16) = 4.15888308

Then of course multiply the answer by 5.

4.15888308 * 5 = 20.8, so let's say 21 pushups, which is what HAS stated.

I don't necessarily agree with it, as a pushup guideline but at least HAS he got the mathematics right.

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Umm sorry but (80 - 16) * 5 = 320

See: Google
Apparently you don't know what a logarithm is, go finish high school math!

http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=&oq=&gs_rfai=

ln(80 - 16) * 5 = ~21

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Natural_logarithm
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Well well well, lately I've been going chin to the ground. Seems I could easily pass it; not that I have any interest in the army(I want nothing to do with the government).
Practically, going upper-arm parallel to the ground is about as far as chin to the ground. You don't want to actually touch the chin (although there is no rule against it), because if you're trying to go fast during a PT test, you could hurt yourself.

It should also be noted that you should be looking forward/up when doing the push-ups. It's meant to help keep the back straight.
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Well well well, lately I've been going chin to the ground. Seems I could easily pass it; not that I have any interest in the army(I want nothing to do with the government).
If you can't pass army basic entry-level PT, then you're more or less a vegetable.
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It also stops you from having your face connect with the ground when you really haven't gone low enough yet. You should go down until your elbows extend above your back, or at least are level with it.
for the best pushup, do them on three chairs so you can go even lower than the ground.
Make the foot chair higher for added resistance.

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for the best pushup, do them on three chairs so you can go even lower than the ground.
Make the foot chair higher for added resistance.

Surely his back should be a bit straighter.....?
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Surely his back should be a bit straighter.....?
meh, it's more about the chest stretch.
The action is occurring mid torso up, so if his lower back sways, it's not significant, in my book.
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Surely his back should be a bit straighter.....?
Surely one of those chairs is gonna slip out and cripple him.
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Surely one of those chairs is gonna slip out and cripple him.
At most he'd suffer some bruising on his face and a sore elbow/wrist.
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This thread made me feel so goddamn unfit. Ohwell, I'm happy
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At most he'd suffer some bruising on his face and a sore elbow/wrist.
Regardless, it'd be funny.
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