How many pullups can you do?

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How many pullups (from dead hang, no kipping) can you do?

  1. 1-5: i'm in ok shape

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  2. 5-10: getting stronger

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  3. 11+: ready for next progression

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  4. 1-5: muscleups (post vid!)

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  5. 1-5: weighted (working toward 75% bodyweight)

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  6. 1-5: single arm pullups! (post vid!)

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  1. nytennisaddict

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    Each rep has to be from a dead hang (arms must lock out), palms facing out (eg. mainly because it's a precursor to other exercises like muscle ups), with no kipping (eg. kicking your feet to temporarily unweight your body).

    Me: my ultimate goal is 5 one arm reps with my non-dominant arm (left). I'm currently at 10 pullups from a dead hang (vs. 25 where i keep my arms slightly bent at the bottom)
     
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  2. yemenmocha

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    There's no option for ZERO.
     
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    I know you didn't create this thread to brag :-|

    P.S. You're awesome :)
     
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    I think is is funny that pull-ups (unlike any other exercise) is a contest to see how many you can do.

    If we were talking about the bench press, would you be bragging that you can rep the empty bar 50 times? Of course not. Instead, after you reach a desired number of reps, you would add weight to the bar. So why on earth don't people take the same approach to pull ups? Why is doing 20 pull-ups somehow better than doing 7 with a 60 lb. dumbbell strapped to your body?

    I just don't get it.
     
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    And to add, if you can do more than 12 pull ups in a row, you are wasting your time doing them at all!
     
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    Should be boasting about how much weight they're using on the lat pulldowns machine.

    Number of pullups is a lame criterion, especially since it favors the frail/scrawny body types. Make them pull down the same weight that someone else can on a lat pulldown cybex machine.
     
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    I can do 4 or 5 chinups (neutral grip with hands close together) with 80 pounds around my dipping belt. Not sure how many bodyweight chinups I could do. I weigh about 160 pounds.
     
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    Who ever told you this is very wrong. Most bodybuilders do them and they are massive. i have seen skinny little tennis players fail at them time and again because they lack the strength to do them. Also if it is the case that lighter people can do them easier why is it that most women struggle to do them even though they are lighter than most men?

    never heard that. From what i have read pull ups are the best back exercise out there. I have not heard any trainers say not to do pull ups if you can do a big amount of them.
     
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    Probably because most people can't do that many. I'm going by the rule of thumb that I've heard from numerous sources which is if you can do more than 12 repetitions of any weight training exercise, then it is too easy and you are wasting your time. So with pull-ups, that would mean in order to get anything from them you need to strap weights to your body.
     
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    Yeah, you're right. There's no place in this world for light weights and lots of repetition.
    Only thing that matters is high weight and a few reps.
     
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    Pull: Check.

    Up: Needs improvement.

    I don't know what is more embarrassing, doing 6 pullups, or having to wait a minute only to do 4 more.

    J
     
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    I agree to start straping on weight but you can also mess with your grip and get a different exercise. To not do them would be a bad idea. There is no better way to improve back strength.
     
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    This about sums it up for me.
     
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    Is it good for the shoulder to do each rep from a dead hang? I think you're supposed to maintain contraction between reps.
     
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    so what about push ups if you do more than 12 your wasting your time?
     
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    Nah. More than 200 at one go is excessive because not only are you wasting your time, you run the risk of wearing out your elbows due to a drop in form. (unless you're so conscientious and you maintain proper form).
     
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    The problem with learning about correct exercise form is that there is so much conflicting advice both in print and the net. From one site I found this

    Pull-up & Chin-up Technique. Start each rep from a dead hang with straight elbows. Clear the bar with your chin on every rep.
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    ...
    Chest Up. Don’t let your shoulders go forward: it’s unhealthy for your shoulders. Lead with your chest up & keep your shoulders back.
     
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    Is it not a waste of time to do 50 repetitions of bench press with a bar with no weights on it?
     
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    I'd be bragging if i could reach my ultimate goal... doing 10 (my current) is hardly something to brag about.
     
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    I agree with you... doing 7 weighted pullup is *much* better than doing 20 (unweighted) pullups. I tried to indicate that by listing the option [1-5 weighted] as a harder progression (eg. harder than [11+ (unweighted)])
     
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    Agreed! In general, I think if the goal is to get stronger, doing any resistance exercise beyond 10-12 will provide minimal (zero?) gains vs. increasing the load/intensity for fewer reps.
     
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    I think that being able to do impressive weight (exceeding your bodyweight) on the lat pull down machine is impressive! However, since I don't go to the gym (and hate paying for one), I do all my exercises at the playground. Also, my goal is not to lift as much iron as possible.. my goal is to develop a high strength to weight ratio to be able to move and manipulate my body in highly leveraged positions (which in my opinion is more important (functionally and for injury prevention) to movement based sports (eg. tennis, rock climbing, basketball, etc...) than just being able to statically lift as much weight as possible. I still think lifting weight has tremendous benefits, I just think that focusing on balance (eg. body weight exercises) while getting stronger (resistance exercises) has more benefit to me personally
     
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    Agreed. However, if you don't have the means (like me) to have weights strapped to your body for pullups, you can increase the load by isolating the arms (eg. working towards a 1 arm pullup - and i'm not talking about a one arm pullup where your free hand is holding the wrist of the anchored hand).
     
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    I can do 85-90 pushups in 2 minutes... but as a general workout out to get stronger, do variations of pushups where i can't do more than 10... sample progression:
    * kneeling pushups: (=~50% benchpress of body weight)
    * normal pushups: (=~70% benchpress of body weight)
    * pushups with feet elevated
    * clapping pushups
    * typewriter pushups
    * 1arm pushups
    * 1arm&1leg (only 2 points on the ground - opposing leg/arm) pushup

    hopefully you get the idea.
     
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    Mega FAIL.
     
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    If you can do more than 12 pushups, just start doing freestanding handstand clapping pushups like Jim. Work up to 12 in a row.

    http://www.beastskills.com/ClappingHSPU.htm
     
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    i can do like 7 most days in the gym . its funny though sometimes i do them so easy and other times its like sloooow. thats life i guess.
     
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    That is very strong... I'm not quite there yet. I think I read somewhere that you need to be able to do a weighted pullup with about 75% of your bodyweight, before you can start doing 1arm pullups - you're so close!

    Can you do muscleups already?
     
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  30. J011yroger

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    NYT, do you ever do pushups with your feet together atop a med ball, or basketball?

    They were tough as heck for me at first to stay balanced, but now I love them.

    J
     
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    I can do about 11 or 12 with palms facing out(mentioned by OP) and about 15 palms facing in. I am about 170 lbs with most of my weight in my legs though.
     
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    I did a muscleup for fun once at the climbing gym but it felt awkward on the shoulders. Might look into it at some point in the future.

    Weighted chins and dips are two of my staple upper body lifts. Weighted dips feel like upper body squats.
     
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    I definitely used to do those, and got great benefit from them... adding the balancing factor to any exercise really forces you to recruit a wider range of muscles...

    I have progressed to doing these now:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dIY2...02C8302F&playnext=1&playnext_from=PL&index=20

    for about 4 reps
     
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    I just tried that one legged one armed pushup, and it feels very difficult. You have to recruit a whole range of stabilizers throughout your whole body to remain balanced.

    These days I'm working on one legged squats on a wobble board. Out of all the exercises I do in the gym I find this one the most difficult (not in terms of recruiting maximal fiber activation, but in terms of focus)
     
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    It depends on what your body weight is. I weight 248lbs and I can do 3 cleanly. I've maxed out on the pull down machine at 300lbs, ~5 reps.
     
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    Oh...I am a long way away from that. Looks pretty sick though. I will have to try it and see how far I get before my face hits the mat.

    J
     
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    It's not about where you are, it's about where you're going... isn't that why we share all this knowledge about fitness, tennis tips, etc... :)

    Besides, I'd trade my ability to those, for your serve :p
     
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    75% of bodyweight?!?
    Wow. I'd have to add like 125lbs! Crazy.
    I'll have to give that up as one of my weird lifetime
    goals.

    Try this variation:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mdkGxSFFhE
     
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    I need to build up do just doing a flag pole (which is on my "todo" list) :)
     
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    Nothing like seeing someone actually in shape to make you feel pitiful and weak.

    As I was headed over to do my miserable amount of pullups, I see that the bar is already occupied.

    By a dude, who is in his late 30's. He is holding the neutral grip pegs, his back is parallel to the floor, at a perfect L with his arms, and his legs are pointed straight at the ceiling at a perfect L with his torso. And he is doing pullups. . . lots of them. . . at will.

    I don't know what the hell it is called, and I have never seen anyone do it before, but I know full well that if I ever attempted to try it, I would have to call 911 about 10 minutes beforehand to give the ambulance a head start.

    J
     
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    You should have yelled "hey dick. hurry the phuk up. it's a public gym you know"

    Then proceeded to do one pull-up (cheating) and move on to your next exercise :)
     
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    Well, there are different facets of being "in shape" :) but the point of this thread was to help motivate me (and others) see what's possible, and what i can strive for :) so far more than 50% (20+) folks can do more pull ups than me - motivating to me anyway!


    Essentially they are pullups (it's similar to doing a "bent over row" with bodyweight)... it supposed to a) target the inner mid back (vs. lats) more and b) works your core (keeping the back parallel to the ground is a challenge to the lower back and abs)... i do them on my typical back day - you should be able to do about as many pullups as you normally can do... now the real challenge (which i'm working toward) is doing a completely straight front lever pullup (legs and back are parallel to the floor)

    if anyone's interested, here's the article that got me to switch from doing free weights to doing bodyweight for all my resistance training:
    http://www.dragondoor.com/articler/mode3/229
     
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    I do inverted rows, where you put the bar in the squat rack, put your feet up on a swiss ball, and pull yourself up.

    So I would guess that this is just the next progression of that.

    J
     
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    I've never attempted the flag thing b/c I know there's no way
    I'd even come close. I'll bet some top rock climbers might be
    able to do it. Some of them have vice grips for hands/fingers.
     
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    I think I sometimes do a variation of this. I hang by the parallel
    grip chinup bar and then raise my legs up (w/knees bent)
    until my back is parallel to the ground and then "row up"
    until my knee hits the bar. Kind of hard for me. Can only do
    like 6-8. Trying to do 1 finger pullups (1 finger each hand)
    but can only do 2 finger (each hand) ones right now.

    Speaking of body weight exercises, in my yoga class there's
    this one move where u go from pushup position to the frog
    position (balancing with knees on elbows where you balance
    on just your hands). Anyone try it? Surprisingly it takes a
    lot of core strength but not a lot of actual strength. First time
    I tried it I overshot as I lunged forward and face planted.
     
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    ^^^ Me and the faceplant are good friends, we go way back.

    Fortunately I am really stubborn and keep going back for more no matter how dismally I fail at something.

    J
     
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