Strength Basics

Getting stronger, fitter, and healthier by sticking to the basics. It's not rocket science, it's doing the simple stuff the right way. Strength-Basics updates every Monday, plus extra posts during the week.

Monday, January 31, 2011

The 2011 Pullup Challenge

Over on the EXRX forums, Jungledoc aka Andy Bennett has brought back the Pullup Challenge.

The goal?

To get more pullups than you did before. Not beating each other, but improving your own numbers.

What kind of pullups count? Any, it's your personal challenge. Want to set a new 1-rep max? Fine. Wide-grip pullups? Fine. Set a total reps record across a few sets? Fine. Get one good unassisted pullup? Awesome. For example, I'm planning to add 1 rep to my chinups (palms facing me, shoulder width grip). For you it could be something else, as long as it's some kind of pullup.

Help! How do I improve my pullups?

Fortunately a lot has been written about improving pullup numbers. Here are just a few:

Jen's New Chin Up PR

Strength Basic's Pullup posts

The Ultimate Pullup Video

That's just to get you started. Test your max, train well for a month, and see where it gets you. A new PR is just a month away!

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