To create an apple to apple comparison for kids in the weight room, Relative Strength is the gold standard. Relative Strength takes into account your body weight when measuring your strength to another person. We do this do so a 155lbs High School boy can compare his strength to a 225lbs boy fairly.
|Relative Strength Standards|
|ACTUAL||GOAL #1||GOAL #2|
|Pullups||14||Pullups 8-15||Pullups 8-15 + 50%BW|
I included my own #’s in the ACTUAL column to give examples. Also, the first question I would get is, “Hey Coach Volkmar, what do you bench?” So there you have it.
These are standards every American Boy and Girl should live by. Except pullups, Girls you get a break there. See Dan John’s article for more details.
Here is another chart developed by by Kilgore, Rippetoe, and Pendlay as written in “Practical Programming” This chart can be a bit overwhelming, but still a great resource.