I just got thinking about this thread
, as a result of Proper Knob just hitting 14 chin ups. So I went back and read it. It was almost exactly 2 years ago, so I thought that it would be fun to challenge y'all again. A lot of the regulars then are still around, and we have a whole crop of relatively new folk.
Here's the challenge. You choose a pull-up variant--pronated, supinated, neutral grip, towel grip, alternate grip, wide, narrow, whatever. You choose. You test a PR between now and 1 February. Then in the month of February, try to increase that by 10%. Obviously, if your PR is less than 10, you'll have to round up. Fractions of a rep are just too hard to judge! So for most of us, that will mean adding 1 rep in a month's time. If you do weighted pull-ups, and want to set a goal with regard to the weight added, fine. The details are just up to you.
By 1 Feb, post your current 1RM, the style of pull-up, and your goal. I'll make a post summarizing the current records and the goals, then repost it from time to time with updated stats.
It just occurred to me that February won't be an ideal time for me to do a challenge, as I will be spending a couple of weeks traveling to a conference in Thailand (do you feel sorry for me?), and I know that the resort (again, pity me) where we will be has a pretty crummy weight room (however, they have great Thai massage!). But then again, I should be able to find places to do pull ups, even if I can't do a full workout in a gym. And besides, the next month wouldn't be any better, as I will be heading back home to Idaho in the middle of the month, with a week's stay in Hawaii on the way (now don't you REALLY feel sorry for me?) So I'll work on chins anywhere I can find something to hang from or throw a towel over.