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Chin Up Test

Chin Up Test


For athletes, the chin up test gives a good measure of strength over body weight, a key component in many sports.

What is the point?

The chin up test is an excellent way to measure strength for many athletes. While it primarily focuses on arm and shoulder muscular endurance, it requires excellent overall upper body strength to complete with any success.

What do you need?

  • Chin up bar

  • Assistant

How do you do the test?

  • Hang from the bar, palms facing your body

  • Pull up until your chin is level with the bar

  • Lower until you arms are straight

  • Repeat as many times as possible

  • Record the total number of reps

What results you’ll get :

Meaningful analysis will require regular assessment – this will allow you to chart your progress, and thus the effectiveness of your workouts.

If you want a comparative measure, refer to the chart below:

Normative data

The following are national norms for ages 16 to 19.



Above average


Below average




9 – 13

6 – 8

3 – 5




5 – 6

3 – 4

1 – 2


What is being measured again?

This is an excellent tool for assessing upper body strength, particularly the shoulders and arms.

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