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Posted: 7/16/2008 3:21:39 AM EST
Yeah yeah, I'm bored, but, honestly, I wonder what percentage of males in this country could do it? Say ages 15-65. The way obesity has shot up, even in high school, I wonder if even 25% could.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:22:07 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:27:57 AM EST
I can do 55 in 2 minutes. Know it because I just did it.

But I would doubt 10% could push 20 in a day.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:28:31 AM EST
Sheesh. 20 pushups. I'll bet less than 25% can do that. A lot of people can't even do 10.

I'm 41, 195 lbs, with a little bit of a belly and some flab, and 45 minutes ago I did 75, right before my shower. It makes for a good start to your day.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:28:50 AM EST
Oh, I think 25% could do 20.

I could, but barely. I am an out of shape turd.

TXL
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:29:09 AM EST
I could


many times over and many more than 20 in at once.

Army here and I like PUs
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:31:33 AM EST
I could, but before I hurt my shoulder, I use to do over 100.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:33:55 AM EST
Overweight people can still be extremely strong. I'm way overweight and have no problem doing 20
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:37:38 AM EST
Did 67 in 1 minute last week for my PT test. As well as 20 pull-ups, 67 sit ups (1 minute), and a 1.5 mile run in 10:01. And I'm 40 years young.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:38:04 AM EST
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:38:36 AM EST
There's something to be said about having a proper fitness/weight ratio. I know guys who weight 250 lbs and can run two miles in under 13 minutes. They ARE out there, you just have to look.

That being said, I don't want to know the answer, as I'm sure it's depressing. Also, I'm assuming we're talking about CORRECT pushups, right? I mean, arms breaking the plane, keeping the back straight? Moving as a unit? That sort of push up? I know a lot of people who claim to do pushups and when I see them, I have to laugh.

That must be the military in me coming out.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:39:05 AM EST
Are you guys serious? I am out of shape and can do 60 in a row without stopping. Man, America is more out of shape than I thought (or I am less out of shape than I thought ).
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:45:58 AM EST
Push ups do not an athlete make. I know plenty of overweight people that can do quite a few push ups. However, that said, those same people get winded walking up a flight of stairs and couldn't do a pull up or sit up if their lives depended on it. Its all a matter or overall fitness.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:46:03 AM EST
You short guys have an advantage in push ups.

Bastards.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:51:51 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/16/2008 3:52:32 AM EST by Pred]
Yeah, but can a 300lbs person do an actual push up? One of my friends in high school could always bench as much as the football team could, but he only had to move the bar, maybe a foot before it hit his chest. As someone said, I don't mean till your stomach hits the floor and back up.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:56:28 AM EST
I did 40 on my 40th bday a couple weeks ago.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:57:26 AM EST

Originally Posted By Dusty_C:
I'm way overweight and have no problem doing 20


You weren't going all the way down
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 3:58:57 AM EST
I'll try tonight, but I doubt it.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:05:05 AM EST
I dont know, but the day I cant do 20 pushups, I think I will eat a gun
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:10:05 AM EST
Interesting question. It's probably a pretty low #.

Where's the poll?

I can do 20.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:10:48 AM EST
[Animal House] You're worthtless and weak ! [Animal House]
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:12:41 AM EST
I am out of shape and I can pump out 30 right now with no problem.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:13:07 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/16/2008 4:14:44 AM EST by Greenhorn]
I would guess less than half. Before I joined the army and before I began getting ready to join, I could only do about 15-20 pushups without a break.

Now I can easily do 40 with no breaks and over 60 in 2 minutes, and I hardly ever work out, and when I do it's for about 5-10 minutes.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:14:06 AM EST

Originally Posted By fourteenpointfive:
Are you guys serious? I am out of shape and can do 60 in a row without stopping. Man, America is more out of shape than I thought (or I am less out of shape than I thought ).



toot
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:14:39 AM EST
I can....but I bet that your 25% number is too high.......
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:15:20 AM EST
The word "OverWeight" is Bullshit...

We have no way to gauge it. There is no official "Overweight" and the BMI(Body Mass Index) is a load of crap as well.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:18:30 AM EST

Originally Posted By fourteenpointfive:
Are you guys serious? I am out of shape and can do 60 in a row without stopping. Man, America is more out of shape than I thought (or I am less out of shape than I thought ).
*cough* bullshit *cough*
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:21:51 AM EST

Originally Posted By AgentDavis:
The word "OverWeight" is Bullshit...

We have no way to gauge it. There is no official "Overweight" and the BMI(Body Mass Index) is a load of crap as well.


There are visual cues
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:24:16 AM EST
I could do it (sure hope so!)

my grandfather could, and he's an 85 year old marine.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:24:20 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/16/2008 5:00:24 AM EST by HK_Shooter_03]
107-113 in two minutes and I lost track after 300 during one painful Marine PT session. (<- USMC reservist)
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:24:34 AM EST

Originally Posted By peekay:

Originally Posted By AgentDavis:
The word "OverWeight" is Bullshit...

We have no way to gauge it. There is no official "Overweight" and the BMI(Body Mass Index) is a load of crap as well.


There are visual cues


Really? Where is the border between fat and skinny, underweight and overweight?

p.s. I'm not talking about people whose weight restricts their mobility.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:25:42 AM EST

Originally Posted By Keith_J:
I can do 55 in 2 minutes. Know it because I just did it.

But I would doubt 10% could push 20 in a day.



I'm terribly out of shape, and I just did 20 to see if I could. So I'm going to say a much higher percentage than that, though I won't venture to say what.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:27:03 AM EST

Originally Posted By AgentDavis:
The word "OverWeight" is Bullshit...

We have no way to gauge it. There is no official "Overweight" and the BMI(Body Mass Index) is a load of crap as well.


The word "overweight" may be bullshit, but what I see isn't. Face it, Americans are fat! Plain and simple. I travel worldwide as part of my job and am amazed at the lack of fat people in European Countries. Greece, France, England, Spain, Turkey, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium, etc. They have an overwhelmingly disproportionate lack of fat people (as compared to the US). Are there fat people in Europe? Absolutely. Do I see as many of them there as in the US? Hell no! However, when enough McDonalds and KFC permeate the European markets, they won't be far behind...

The eyes don't lie....
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:27:14 AM EST
I can do about 50 or 60 and then the messed up rotator cuff, bad elbow and carpal tunnel from years of construction work take me down.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:28:50 AM EST
just did 50 in under 1 min.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:31:02 AM EST
I do 50 5 days a week.

I am trying to get my ass back in shape.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:35:12 AM EST

Originally Posted By LtDirector:

Originally Posted By Keith_J:
I can do 55 in 2 minutes. Know it because I just did it.

But I would doubt 10% could push 20 in a day.



I'm terribly out of shape, and I just did 20 to see if I could. So I'm going to say a much higher percentage than that, though I won't venture to say what.


I guess I am the minority optimist, but I'd say 60% of active age (15-50) guys. I find 20 push-ups is pretty easy and I think most guys I know would have no problem. It is different with guys older than 50 for the obvious reasons.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:41:43 AM EST
Average 80 non-stop.
Depends on the previous day workout.
Sometimes I can push it to over 120 for a couple weeks,
but the shoulder does get a bit sore.

44yo, 194lbs/6'
military retired,
now fed leo.


Semper Paratus
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:42:01 AM EST
Push ups are good.
However how many can do pull ups with a 60lb weight attached to their body?
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:43:14 AM EST
honestly I think it depends on what age group. I am sure more men ranging from 18-40 would be able to than men ranging from 50+
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:48:08 AM EST

Originally Posted By VTHOKIESHOOTER:

Originally Posted By fourteenpointfive:
Are you guys serious? I am out of shape and can do 60 in a row without stopping. Man, America is more out of shape than I thought (or I am less out of shape than I thought ).
*cough* bullshit *cough*


What is the feat about doing 60 push ups in a row?

I'm 32 and will do that easily.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:48:43 AM EST
I am 35, overweight, and I can easily do 20 push ups. Then again, I also bench press 80% of my body weight on the free weight bench OR 167% of it on the machine bench.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:49:13 AM EST

Originally Posted By sporter:
Push ups are good.
However how many can do pull ups with a 60lb weight attached to their body?


I do pull ups with a 25lb dumbbell tied to my weight belt. Usually get 6-8 out of it.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:53:14 AM EST

Originally Posted By TxLewis:
Oh, I think 25% could do 20.

I could, but barely. I am an out of shape turd.

TXL


+1


And to think when I got out of boot 8 years ago I could do pushups till the cows came home.

I are ashamed
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:54:19 AM EST
2 count or 4 count?
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:57:35 AM EST
I was really suprised to find that a lot of people can't do a set of 20 push-ups with good form.

Even though I'm older now (39) I've kept up with my workouts. Just the other day I did a 200 push-up workout. I started with two sets of 50 and then 4 sets of 25.

I'm trying to improve my non-stop number which seems to be stalled at 85.

What's even worse is the number of folks who can't do pull-ups. I can do 15 dead hang pull-ups without too much trouble but when I was in my 20's I could crank out sets of 30. I'll be happy when I get back up to 20 reps...
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 4:59:39 AM EST

Originally Posted By sporter:
Push ups are good.
However how many can do pull ups with a 60lb weight attached to their body?



I can do lots and lots of pushups. No problem.

I can do 10 pullups in 1 set. Add a 60lb weight, and I'm probably in the 1-2 range.
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 5:01:18 AM EST
LOL?
I weigh 285 and can do 20+ push ups..
Pull ups are another story..
I can get about 5 dips in though..

CXS
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 5:01:23 AM EST
[Last Edit: 7/16/2008 5:02:27 AM EST by RED_5]
before I got out of the military for medical reasons (injured arm & elbow on AD for the record), I was passing the APFT in the 17-21 yo group at the age of 39
(scoring about 270/300 for my age group)
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 5:04:26 AM EST

Originally Posted By svtfast:
I could


many times over and many more than 20 in at once.

Army here and I like PUs


+1

­
Originally Posted By Dusty_C:
Overweight people can still be extremely strong. I'm way overweight and have no problem doing 20



whatever helps you sleep at night puddin'
Link Posted: 7/16/2008 5:05:44 AM EST
I don't want to play this game.
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