In today's NY Times there is an article about the military, woman and training that focuses on the Marine Corps. The article states that the Corps fitness test requires of guys, a minimum of 3 hanging pull ups (no bent arms to cheat) with 20 being a perfect score. Women in the Corps need to perform 8 for their perfect score.
I am curious about what others here might think of my opinion on this. I don't think big guys, as a rule, can do many pull ups (hand on top of the bar). I clock the scale at about 200 and have for years. I can bench about my weight and the same for a lat pull down. But pull ups? I am lucky to do 4 - and, since I am so lousy at doing them, I rarely ever do a pull up.
I watch the guys in the gym who seem to crank out 20 pull ups between every set they do and they are always slender guys. When I graduated from boot camp at Parris Island, I did 11 and have never been close to that mark again. That was in 1964 and I am now 66. Come on....someone tell me large mass guys cannot do pull ups.