Are 20 pullups good?

How many pull ups should you be able to do? And how many pull ups is good? This post will show how you stack up and give you a good goal to aim for.

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But how many pull-ups should the average man or woman be able to do, and how many pull-ups is good? This post will answer those questions.

Teens boys 13–18 years of age should be able to perform between 3–8 pull-ups (i.e. 50th percentile, and the older you are, the more reps you have to do to keep up with the average), and girls 13–18 years of age should be able to perform 1 pull-up or a 5–9 second flexed arm hang.

We also have some data from the Candidate Fitness Assessment, which is used to determine the fitness levels of those seeking to enter the U.S. military.

According to the CFA, the average number of pullups performed by men is nine and by women is three. Men who are able to perform 18 consecutive pullups and women who can perform seven are considered to possess a high level of fitness. (Source)

And of course, many a debate has been started in forums all around the web where keyboard warriors like to point out how many pull-ups they can do when theyre not typing so fast.

Regardless of your thoughts on these so-called official pull-up standards from the experts and armchair quarterbacks alike, here are two important things to keep in mind.

2) Regardless of your age or gender, you can do as many pull-ups as you want within certain limits if you train for them.

The bottom line is that you can work up to doing as many pull-ups as you want to. It just depends on how hard youre willing to work. Thats the greatest contributing factor. Ive known many men and women who can blow the numbers listed above out of the water. So, dont let the averages put a cap on your potential. Speaking of which...

Newbie = 1st unassisted pull-upBeginner = 2–5 repetitionsIntermediate = 6–10 repetitionsAdvanced = 11–15 repetitionsExpert = 16–20 repetitionsMaster = 21–25 repetitionsWicked Sick = 26–30 repetitionsSuperhuman = 30+ repetitionsOlympian = 40+ repetitionsPull-up Immortal = 50+ repetitionsNewbie = 1st unassisted pull-upBeginner = 2–3 repetitionsIntermediate = 4–6 repetitionsAdvanced = 7–9 repetitionsExpert = 10–12 repetitionsMaster = 13–16 repetitionsWicked Sick = 17–20 repetitionsSuperhuman = 21–24 repetitionsOlympian = 25–29 repetitionsPull-up Immortal = 30+ repetitionsJohns Recommendation: I think that an ultimate goal of 15–20 reps for men and 8–12 reps for women are ambitious, yet very achievable targets for most people.

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