Sit-ups are a perfect exercise for a 14-year-old.
Well, for starters, you can do them anywhere, including at home.
(Many gyms don’t allow people as young as 14 to use them, unfortunately.)
If you are 14, then you might be wondering how many sit-ups you should be able to do.
And that’s exactly what we’re going to answer today.
How Many Sit-Ups Should A 14 Year Old Do? (Short Answer)
If you’re a 14-year-old male, then you should be able to do between 24 – 50 sit-ups each set. Whereas if you’re a 14-year-old female, you should be able to do 18 – 35 sit-ups per set.
This is a very rough range though and I’m now going to explain why.
How Many Sit-Ups Should A 14 Year Old Do? (Long Answer)
Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to the number of sit-ups a 14-year-old should be able to do.
There are many things to consider which we’re now going to cover in more detail.
When doing sit-ups, you’re essentially curling your upper body off the ground upwards.
So, the heavier you are, the more weight you have to curl during sit-ups.
Obviously, this makes sit-ups harder, so the heavier you weigh, the less sit-ups you should be able to do.
Whereas the lighter you are, the more sit-ups you should be able to do.
On average, males are stronger than females.
I’m sorry if this offends you, but it’s facts.
So, a 14-year-old boy will typically be able to do more sit-ups than a 14-year old girl.
How Tall Your Upper Body Is
As just covered, you curl your upper body off the ground during sit-ups.
So, the taller your upper body, the further you have to move it each rep.
(In technical terms, the range of motion is larger.)
This makes sit-ups harder for people with tall upper bodies.
If you have a long upper body, you’ll probably be able to do less sit-ups than someone with a shorter frame.
Some people are naturally stronger than others.
So, if you’re a naturally strong person, you should be able to do more sit-ups than someone who’s naturally weaker.
How Often You Practise Sit-Ups
The saying “practise makes perfect” is true – even when it comes to sit-ups!
If you’re someone who practises sit-ups 4 times a week, you’ll have stronger abs than someone who only does them once a week.
This means that over time, you’ll be able to do more of them the more you practise.
How Fast You Do Sit-Ups
The tempo of your sit-ups is another important factor.
The faster you do sit-ups, the less amount of time your muscles are under tension each rep.
Whereas the slower you do sit-ups, the longer your muscles are under tension each rep.
Increasing the time under tension makes sit-ups harder, so if you do sit-ups quite slowly, then you’ll likely be able to do less sit-ups than someone who does them fast.
The Sit-Up Variation
There are quite a few variations of sit-ups, and some of them, like decline sit-ups, are harder than others.
Obviously, the harder the type of sit-up you do, the less you’ll be able to do per set.
How Many Sit-Ups Should A 14 Year Old Do In A Minute?
Again, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to this question.
It depends on all the factors we’ve discussed so far.
But on average, a 14-year-old will be able to do 20 – 50 sit-ups in a minute.
How Many Sit-Ups Should A 14 Year Old Do A Day?
As covered earlier, a 14-year-old should be able to do anywhere between 18 – 50 sit-ups depending on whether they’re a boy or a girl.
If you’re a boy, you should be able to do 3-5 sets of 24 – 50 sit-ups in a day. So, a total of 72 – 250 sit-ups.
Whereas if you’re a girl, you should be able to do 1-3 sets of 18 – 35 sit-ups in a day. So, a total of 18 – 105 sit-ups.
In summary, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to the number of sit-ups a 14 year old should do as it depends on many factors.
Hope this helped!
I’ve been in the fitness and strength training industry for nearly a decade. In that time, I’ve gained 30 pounds of muscle, written hundreds of articles, and reviewed dozens of fitness supplements. As for my educational background, I’m a currently studying for my Active IQ Level 3 Diploma in Personal Training.