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    how many pull-ups - avg./typical U.S. // fit 50-yr-old man ??

    Greetings -

    I was wondering ...

    How many pull-ups do you think the average 50-year-old American male can do?

    And how many pull-ups do you think a fit 50-year-old male should be able to do?

    In part idle curiosity, but mostly trying to set a reasonable target for myself.

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    I'd be surprised if they could complete a full repetition
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    Originally Posted by expatCanuck View Post
    How many pull-ups do you think the average 50-year-old American male can do?
    Not even a half-rep.


    And how many pull-ups do you think a fit 50-year-old male should be able to do?
    I wouldn't attempt to even venture a guess here; far too may variables.

    If you're looking for a goal to shoot for, don't go by someone else's opinion. Just get in there and do as many as you are able (even if it's only one), and then work to add a rep or two with each subsequent workout.

    When you get to the point where you can bang out a solid set of 10-12, get a weight belt and add some weight, and start the progression over again.
    No brain, no gain.

    You can't out-train bad nutrition.

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    i'll play.

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    reasonable fit 50 year old male?: 8 or so would earn my respect.
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    average 50 year old cant do any would be my guess.

    if a person started training at his 49th birthday and systematically improved his reps with the goal of doing as many as possible in a year he could possibly hit 20 or higher at bodyweight.
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    A little cut & paste....long but interesting. Note the the average number of pullups is 1.

    The average man is 34.4 years old.
    The average man is married with two children.
    The average man earns $36,100 per year and has $3,100 in the bank.
    The average man sleeps about 7 hours on a work night.
    Age when the average guy is in the best shape of his life: 23 years
    The average man is is about 5' 9" tall.
    He weighs 175 pounds.
    Age (yrs) 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69
    Weight (lbs) 168 179 182 185 184
    Weight (kg) 76 81.1 82.6 84 83.5
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    Percentage who actually are: 13%
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    Time it takes the average American man to run 1.5 miles: 12 minutes, 45 seconds
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    Pounds the average man can bench-press one time: 160
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    Max. Weight (lbs) 180 158 143 128 116
    Number of sit-ups he can do in 1 minute: 36
    Age (yrs) 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69
    Sit-ups 40 36 31 26 20
    Number of push-ups he can do with good form in 1 minute: 27
    Age (yrs) 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69
    Push-ups 33 27 21 15 15
    Number of pull-ups he can do: 1
    Resting heart rate of a fit man: 52 beats per minute
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    Amount of fat he gains each year: 1.1 pounds
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    Originally Posted by JTraining View Post
    He weighs 175 pounds.
    I do not buy this at all. No way in hell actually. Maybe if they took the stats off what people lie about on drivers licenses or its very old data.

    People are WAY fatter than that now.
    Eat right, exercise, lift weights, get 8 hours of sleep.
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    I'm not 50 yet, but I can do about 10-12 per set.
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    Originally Posted by BJE View Post
    I'm not 50 yet, but I can do about 10-12 per set.
    Cool story bro.
    Eat right, exercise, lift weights, get 8 hours of sleep.
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    Originally Posted by lanolar View Post
    Cool story bro.
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    The "average" 50 year old Americam male?

    Are negative number allowed?

    The normal joe walking down the street cant do any pullups, nor do they attempt to do any.

    You are far ahead of the game just doing any at all. Good for you.
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    Originally Posted by crupiea View Post
    The "average" 50 year old Americam male?

    Are negative number allowed?

    The normal joe walking down the street cant do any pullups, nor do they attempt to do any.

    You are far ahead of the game just doing any at all. Good for you.
    I would say he is far ahead of the the game even thinking about doing them compared to the average 50 y.o male
    pick it up and put it down
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    Originally Posted by lanolar View Post
    I do not buy this at all. No way in hell actually. Maybe if they took the stats off what people lie about on drivers licenses or its very old data.

    People are WAY fatter than that now.
    Agreed! 175 lb 34 inch waist average lol. I think they done fibbed a little!
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    Originally Posted by JTraining View Post
    Agreed! 175 lb 34 inch waist average lol. I think they done fibbed a little!
    I'm 164lbs with a 30 inch waist, I guess I'm below average.
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    just my .2 cents.
    Average Joe = 0
    To pass a USMC PFT test a recruit has to do a minimum of three and that is at age 18.

    A fir 50 year old "should" be able to do three. I think 20 is more than towards the top of the chart as what to expect.
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    Okay -
    Thanks much, y'all.-
    We'll toss out the 350 as an outlier.
    So I'll shoot for 20 as my target.
    Did a whopping 3 the other day,
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    Here's a little pullup inspiration for you. This is timberwolf from the forum. He's not quite 50 yet, but in his 40's.




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    I would say the average forty year old couldn't do one, much less fifty year old.
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    This day and age I dont think the average 23 year old can do one.
    If you think you can or think you cant, your right.
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    Pull ups are a bitch. That's why most people done do em. I would say 2 and 8-10.
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    Originally Posted by backer View Post
    This day and age I dont think the average 23 year old can do one.
    Oh, I think they could. I live across the street from a college, and these kids look like they could pump out a few.

    That's the problem, really. I got the little feel-good rush from this thread, as I'm sure the rest of y'all did, when I realized that I could do more pullups than an average 50 year old (I'm 49, 10-11 to failure), but then realized that we don't live in an age-segregated world.

    Gotta be able to do better than the kids before I'm getting a real ego boost. 20, I figure would put me well in the safe zone.
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    Average male.....0.
    Average retired male..... <0.

    I laugh at the 175 lbs when I see the 40,000+ male retirees here I know there aren't even a dozen who could do 8 - 10. We describe life in The Villages as "where the women can't get pregnant and the men all look like they are".

    At 69 and 208 lbs, I can still do 2 X 25 each on wide grips and parallel grips as my warmup on Shoulders/Back day.

    Lets face it, it is only here in our iron fraternity that we care about such health and fitness. The slugs out there don't even believe it is possible. To them, age is their handy excuse.
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    Originally Posted by IronCharles View Post
    Here's a little pullup inspiration for you. This is timberwolf from the forum. He's not quite 50 yet, but in his 40's.




    Very impressive.... If I tried to clap while doing a pull-up I would fall on my ass
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    Originally Posted by Dutchman View Post
    ...At 69 and 208 lbs, I can still do 2 X 25 each on wide grips and parallel grips as my warmup on Shoulders/Back day. ...
    Hmmm.
    Better change my target to 25.

    Originally Posted by Dutchman View Post
    ... Lets face it, it is only here in our iron fraternity that we care about such health and fitness. The slugs out there don't even believe it is possible. To them, age is their handy excuse.
    Hmmm again.
    In fairness, I think that there are many non-iron folks who care about fitness. It's just that many of them only care about (or only advert to) the cardio side of fitness, and turn a blind eye to resistance training.

    [Certainly, I know that I was late to the iron party.]
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    At 50 and 225 lbs, I can do 6.

    Wish I could do more...

    but need to get stronger and/or lighter!
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    Originally Posted by Husky Bob View Post
    At 50 and 225 lbs, I can do 6.

    Wish I could do more...

    but need to get stronger and/or lighter!
    At 47 and 180 I can also do 6. In my defense, I've always been a wimp.
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    Originally Posted by Husky Bob View Post
    At 50 and 225 lbs, I can do 6.

    Wish I could do more...

    but need to get stronger and/or lighter!
    My shoulders really used to s*ck in comparison to chest, arms etc. I started working the pullups doing all three variants on the assisted machine, wide, parallel and reverse for 1 set @ 5 or 6 reps. Every two weeks I forced myself to add just 1 rep and before you knew it I was flying. By 10 reps I was cutting down on the amount of assist and eventually I was free and flying. I added additional strength with heavy rack deads and both dumbell (now 5 X 10 @ 90) and machine pullovers (3 X 5 @ 260). Just give yourself time, but and it is a big BUT, make it a priority and your shoulders will be strong and painfree for years.
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    I started at age 39, could do none. A year later, I'm up to 10 or so body weight and sets of 5 with 20 lbs.
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