Sit-ups are a perfect exercise for a 16-year-old as they’re safe, effective, and you can do them anywhere!
If you are 16, 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 16 Year Old Do? (Short Answer)
If you’re a 16-year-old male, then you should be able to do between 30 – 70 sit-ups each set. Whereas if you’re a 16-year-old female, you should be able to do 20 – 45 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 16 Year Old Do? (Long Answer)
Unfortunately, there’s no easy answer to the number of sit-ups a 16-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 16-year-old male will typically be able to do more sit-ups than a 16-year old female.
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 16 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 16-year-old will be able to do 20 – 70 sit-ups in a minute.
How Many Sit-Ups Should A 16 Year Old Do A Day?
As covered earlier, a 16-year-old should be able to do anywhere between 20 – 70 sit-ups, depending on whether they’re a boy or a girl.
If you’re a male, you should be able to do 3-5 sets of 30 – 70 sit-ups in a day. So, a total of 90 – 350 sit-ups.
Whereas if you’re a female, you should be able to do 1-3 sets of 20 – 45 sit-ups in a day. So, a total of 20 – 135 sit-ups.
In summary, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer to the number of sit-ups a 16 year old should do as it depends on many different 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.