The Pull Up Challenge, 2011

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Post by Jungledoc » Fri Jan 28, 2011 7:54 pm

Phil (Proper Knob--I've been meaning to ask what that means) posted this link in his Journal Discussions thread, in response to my comment on his recent PR:

http://jasonferruggia.com/jens-new-chin-up-pr/

I said something about let's keep it quiet, so give us a competitive edge in the pull-up challenge. But of course, a successful challenge is when as many people as possible meet their goals, so I'll share it here.

I'll test my own PR this afternoon, and then I'll start compiling a list of those participating in the challenge.

By the way, Jason Ferruggia's website and blog are very good. I've seen some of his article on T-Nation over the years, but his own site is even better. Brief, very simple and practical posts on relevant (at least to me) topics, and an attitude that I really like. I hadn't been aware of it until I read this chin-up post, and then started reading more of his back posts.

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Post by bam » Sat Jan 29, 2011 3:41 am

What a great service!
7 wide-grip, pronated, dead-hang, body-weight pull-ups.

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Post by Jungledoc » Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:30 am

robt-aus wrote:7 pullups close grip as of 28th of January 2011.

edit: because i'm in the AEST timezone I have to state the date as the exrx tz appears to be north American. i can't see into the future.
Same time zone as me (except we don't do DST). We can't see the future--we ARE the future!

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Post by Jungledoc » Sat Jan 29, 2011 6:52 am

Here's where the challenge stands as of today (which is tomorrow for most of you--I guess we can see into the future). Where you haven't stated a specific goal, I'll put down 10% above your reported PR, rounded to the nearest rep.

Proper Knob--PR 14 narrow "semi neutral". Goal=15
robertscott--he's in, but hasn't reported a PR or goal
wilburburns--in, but no PR or goal yet
Jebus--will do weighted pulls, but no PR reported yet
jml--current PR 11, but testing soon.
slashnul--PR 10 pullups. Goal=11
Travis--PR s sets of 10--do you want to test a single-set max?
pdellorto--PR 16 chinups (I believe). Goal=17+. That is now official.
robt-aus--PR 7 pullups, close grip. Goal=8
Ryan A--in, but no PR or goal yet
KPj--PR 18. Or is it 20? What is it, really?
stuward--PR 10. Goal is to be able to do 10 daily for 5 days.
bam--7 wide grip pullups. Goal 8
jungledoc--PR 12 chinups. Goal 13. Maybe 14.
Velcropop--6 unspecified grip. Goal 8.
Rikblades--to retest soon
Kab3261--5 close-grip chins. Goal 7.
Nkkip--counting-challenged. Will retest in a few days.

So test (if necessary) a PR in the variation of your choice, and start training February 1. OK, ok. I know that you've all started hitting the pullup bar already.

Matt?
Ironman?
Jason?
Kenny?
Stephen?
Hoosegow?
Nygman
caangelxox?
Rucifer?
Nightfall?
Nevage?
Johnny?
Wouter?

Anyone?

It's not too late!

Edited for updates and spelling!
Last edited by Jungledoc on Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:21 am, edited 3 times in total.

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Post by Velcropop » Sat Jan 29, 2011 7:53 am

I'll set a record tomorrow. My money's on 6, would like to get to 8.

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Post by Rik-Blades » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:04 am

Okay, i'm in.

My PR is 10 @ BW in a row with a medium supinated grip, i've not tested this in a while, but i'm pretty sure I can still do that. I'll test in the next couple of days.

Presently i've been doing a 5x5 type routine and i'm at 6,6,6,6,5 so an improvement in either would be great. As soon as I break 5x6 i'll add weight.

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Post by kab3261 » Sat Jan 29, 2011 8:40 am

I know I'm new here, but I'd like to take part in this, if I may. Pull ups have always been very intimidating to me. Currently I can do 5 supinated close grip pull-ups. I'd like to set a goal of 7.
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Post by pdellorto » Sat Jan 29, 2011 12:39 pm

My goal is 17+. I'm heavier than when I set my 16-rep record, so even one more rep would be nice. I'm around 195 now, I was 191-192 then.

And yeah, Jason Ferrugia's blog is great. He's another great S&C guy in New Jersey. NJ gets ragged on but we make people strong around here. :D

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Post by Nkkip » Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:28 am

I'd also like to participate. So I went and set a PR yesterday, but I lost count around 8-10 reps :roll:. If I had to guess, I'd say I hit about 13. I'll test again on wednesday.

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Post by Jungledoc » Sun Jan 30, 2011 8:28 am

Updates have been edited into the list in the earlier post.

It doesn't matter how new you are--it's good to have everyone participate!

We know that Karen is relatively new to weight training, in nearing 50, has an irregular schedule, and that she trains in her living room.

Nkkip--I've seen a few comments from you on various things, but I don't really know much about you. How about a brief intro?

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Post by Hoister » Sun Jan 30, 2011 9:20 am

My best = 25 reps / 50lb vest / parallel grip / current bwt 185'ish lbs.

I am going to try to add at least 2 reps. I should go for 3, but i think i am at my genetically pre-dispositioned best. ;)

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Post by Nkkip » Sun Jan 30, 2011 12:51 pm

Sure, what do you want to know? I'm a 20 year old Dutch computer science student. I started lifting and eating healthier in August 2010. Figured it was time I put some mass on my frame. My lifts are progressing nicely, my bodyweight is increasing slowly. Could have been a lot more, but I have trouble eating big.

Anyway, I rarely have anything to contribute, so I don't post too often. And whenever I run into something, I always do my own research, so I never really feel the need to make threads.

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Post by Jebus » Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:15 pm

My max pull-up is 1, this should be easy to beat.

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Post by Jungledoc » Sun Jan 30, 2011 4:20 pm

Jebus wrote:My max pull-up is 1, this should be easy to beat.
Not easy at all! Going from 1 to 2 is a 100% increase! Get a tension band that allows you to do several reps, and read the Jason Ferruggia article that I linked above, and look on his site for other pull up articles. There's one about using bands.

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Post by Velcropop » Sun Jan 30, 2011 11:51 pm

@Jdoc, as suspected I can currently perform six (6) dead-hang full extension neutral [hammer?] grip chin-up. My goal is 8.

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