Everyone, remember the "Pull-up Training" thread in the stickies in this section. It was started last year at the time of the challenge and contains a lot of good information on training this exercise.
What's your take on http://www.50pullups.com/
? Worth adding to that thread? It's one of those multiple-sets-few-repeats programs, and being a newbe here I hesitate to post anything on the leading green posts, especially since I'm not sure that what is missing is yet another method of training, as it seems there are too many of them already and the dilemma is which one is best for a particular individual at a particular stage in her training. However, you are welcome to post it there if you feel it's a good idea.
I'm in bad shape. I couldn't train for one lousy week due to a severe cold, and my chinups are down from 10 to 7! I hope it's because I'm not completely well yet as it's hard to believe one week can eliminate four months of training or so. Anyway, things are not looking good about the challenge since I won't be able to do any training on the last week of February, so I have just over a week not only to get back to my previous form but also to better it. Hopefully March will be more productive, but I guess I will get an F on the challenge. Oh, well.
My plane for March is that if I don't see progress with the way I train now (3 sets trying to max in each one without getting to failure), I will try the program of the site I mentioned earlier, which raises a question: How important is the limitation of one training session to one hour (I see it stated as a given a lot of times, and the trainers in my gym surely think it's true, or maybe they are just trying to ease the load on the gym)? Personally I think it doesn't make a lot of sense that the gross time is that important when there are many long rest periods which is the case when the program involves many sets with at least 2 minutes rest between them, like the ones on that site. It will take about 25% of the total session duration just for the pullups, which will mean cutting off a lot of other stuff that I want to keep doing.
Sorry the post came out long and unfocused.