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RogueDynamics 06-10-2011 10:43 AM

Wanting to improve my pullups
 
Hey guys, I'm going to the gym later on this afternoon and I'm wanting some workouts to add to my routine so that I can increase my pullups. This is mainly because all of my friends are in the corps, and even though I may best them in pushup competitions, they kick my arse in pullups. I'll post my back and bicep, as well as shoulder,trap, and forearm workout down below.


Back and Biceps Workout

Deadlifts – 4 sets of 5 to 10 reps
Pull ups/Weighted Pull Ups – 3 sets of 6 to 15 reps
Seated Pull-Downs - 3 sets of 6 to 12 reps
Dumbbell Rows – 3 sets of 6 to 15 reps
Back Extensions 3 sets of 8 to 15 reps
Seated Cable Rows – 3 sets of 6 to 12 reps
Barbell Curls – 3 sets of 6 to 12 reps
Seated Curls - 3 sets of 6 to 12 reps
Concentration Curls – 3 sets of 6 to 12 reps
Face Pulls - 3 Sets of 6 to 12 reps

Shoulders, Traps and Forearms Workout

Military Press – 4 sets of 6 to 12 reps
Seated Arnold Press – 3 sets of 6 to 12 reps
Seated Cable Press - 3 sets of 8 to 15 reps
Power Side Laterals – 3 sets of 8 to 15 reps
Reverse Cable laterals – 3 sets of 8 to 15 reps
Power Shrugs – 3 sets of 5 to 10 reps
Wrist Curl Over Bench – 2 sets of 10 to 20 reps
Static Barbell Hold – 2 sets for maximum time

It is basically a modified 3 Month Muscle Building workout. Perhaps including pullups 3 times a week would give me the results I'm looking for? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

LtL 06-10-2011 10:54 AM

The best thing to improve pull ups is to do more pull ups. You can do negatives once you've reached failure by jumping up to the top of the motioin and lowering yourself as slowly as possible.

Pull ups with bodyweight are also low stress on your body and CNS so you can throw some into your other weekly sessions.

LtL

BendtheBar 06-10-2011 11:13 AM

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Originally Posted by RogueDynamics (Post 143684)

It is basically a modified 3 Month Muscle Building workout. Perhaps including pullups 3 times a week would give me the results I'm looking for? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Sure wouldn't hurt. Make a goal to add at least one pullup each week. In a few months your pullups strength should be greatly improved.

Here is an approach I used back in the day.

Quote:

Density Training

If you are unable to perform more than several pull ups at one time, set aside the conventional rep and set approach and instead use density training. Density training is performed like this:

* Timed Duration. Density training is timed. Start with 5 minute density periods, and eventually work up to 10 minutes if you can. Time yourself using a cell phone or clock.
* Forget “Sets”. Instead of focusing on sets, you will try to do as many pull ups as possible in the allotted time period. These reps do not have to be singles. Perform as many reps as you would like, and then rest until you feel like you will be able to perform another rep or two.
* Progress. Each week try to perform at least one more rep during the allotted time period.

For example, let’s say you can only perform 5 reps in 5 minutes during week one. Each week you try for more, adding reps when possible. After 10 weeks you find that you are now able to perform 12 reps in 5 minutes.

This might not seem like a significant improvement, but if you continue to improve one rep at a time, sooner or later you will be able to perform standard sets of 5 to 10 reps.

Aurik 06-10-2011 11:38 AM

One possible way of adding extra pullups into your routine is to superset them with military press and/or bench press. Basically do a set of military press, then immediately turn around and do some (unweighted) pull-ups. This has the added benefit of helping keep your shoulder stable as well as increasing your pullup count.

RogueDynamics 06-12-2011 03:04 PM

Thanks for the advice everyone. I'm going to try adding them to what I'm currently doing, and I'll keep you guys posted on progress.

wesrman 06-12-2011 08:25 PM

Synaptic facilitation (Greasing the groove) -Pavel Tsatsouline
Doing frequent, non-exhaustive sets of a specific exercise to strengthen the nerve pathway.

You basically hang a door way pull up bar in your house and do a set of pull ups every time you walk into the living room (or wherever you pass).

Grease the Groove for Strength | The Human Machine

RogueDynamics 06-12-2011 08:43 PM

@wesrman

Thanks dude. I'm going out of town this week, so I'll pick one up when I get back.


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