The time is at hand! The time when real men (and women too, of course) reach overhead for the bar. The time when biceps bulge, lats throb and traps tremble.
For those who have joined since last February, this is now an annual event. It is a challenge, but not a competition--it is possible for every participant to be a winner!
Here's how it works. You pick a pull-up variation--pullup, chinup, neutral grip pullup, even things like a towel grip or alternate grip. You can choose a wide-grip or narrow grip variation if you'd like. It could be an assisted variant as well. It could be weighted.
At the beginning of February, test yourself. Then during the month, you train that exercise, trying to increase by 10%. How that is measured is also up to you. For most, it is in number of reps, but other measures are possible. For weighted chinups, you could total your body weight and added weight, then try to increase that amount by 10%.
You can do whatever you want, but the number of reps in a single set is the simplest way. If you want to say something like "total reps over 3 sets", that's fine, too.
Once you decide what exercise you will use, post here and tell us what it is, and what your current max is. State clearly what your goal is. Report progress here, particularly when you reach your goal.
Join in discussion of pull-up training on a separate thread, which I will start.
Pick the pull-up variation you will focus on in February.
No sooner than January 31, test a max on that exercise.
Report on this thread which exercise you will train, and what your goal is.
No later than February 28, test a max again, and report it here.
I'll lock the thread about March 2.
Our greatest fear should not be of failure, but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.--Francis Chan