Whats the best way to get better at pullups?

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  1. Finesse

    Finesse Back for the First Time

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    I've been lifting for about 4 months and can only bang out 3x4 each time I do them on widegrip. Should I do them more than once a week or what? My back gains have been huge but pullups are still tough to me. :hs:
     
  2. CPop

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    Well, I pretty much sucked at pullups when I started to get heavier, and this is what I did; try to increase volume every week. Nothing big, nothing complicated. If I could do 5 reps, then I'd start off by doing like 4-5 sets of 3 reps. I'd try to increase a rep every week. I was surprised how well this worked. After I got up in reps, I waved it a little, and my personal best ended up being 20 reps @ ~270 body weight.

    My little brother was ~210 @ 597% body fat, and he could only do 1 pullup. I put a pullup bar in his door way, and in addition to training them once per week in the gym, he does 1-3 every time he goes into or out of his room. He has lost a bunch of fat because he's actually getting up off his ass, now weighs about 170 and got 18 pullups the last time I heard.

    Pullups are pretty easy if you remain consistent and just slowly increase the total number you do.
     
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    Rumbaar Inherent Omniscience OT Supporter

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    Try more one arm rows. Can even try and increase the weight on pulldown machine until you are at your body weight.

    I try to alternate between front and back. I prefer back for pullups, but then i have to make sure I don't hit the back of my head and/or neck/shoulders.
     
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    Agreed with Cpop.

    Start off with a certain number scheme; let's say 4 sets of 5. The following week try 4 sets of 6. The following week 4 sets of 7.

    It's actually pretty crazy how quickly your body can add to the total number of pullups you can accomplish.
    This helped me a lot.
     
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    Do as many sets of pull ups until you can't do any more. rinse and repeat.
     
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    biggest thing that helped me was not going near failure. if I could do 8 reps, I'd do sets of 3-5, etc.
     
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    Great advice guys.

    I've read on here that some of you guys even like to do pullups every day you're in the gym just as a habit. I'm in there 5 times a week lifting and was wondering if I could do pull ups on back day and then another day of the week, or would that be overtraining?

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    Rumbaar Inherent Omniscience OT Supporter

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    I've found I can do it each day. The large nature of the muscles employed doing them, means for me that I never tax them all to the point they can't work the next day.

    But each their own.
     
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    :werd: I habitually go to near failure on every set when it comes to pullups... the only time they've really gone up well was when I was doing set/rep schemes that were easy for the first few sets.
     
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    I did as many sets and reps as I could then I'd go over to the assisted machine and do more
     
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    Yes you can. Just don't take any of the sets to or close to failure.
    But at the same time gradually increasing your total volume.

     
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    that advice came from you. now i claim to be an expert and offer advice :mamoru:
     
  14. Anders 7

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    Damn I was gonna ask this same question :love:
     
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    Wait a week ... then ask it again :p
     
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    I believe that's the average attention span of FN.
     
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    Lose weight.
     
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    that's a great idea. i've been doing them till failure, and i haven't been going up much.

    although, i've recently started to add 10lbs weight now that i can do 6-8 at bw
     
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    I like any type of weighted pull up, even if it's just sneaking an extra five or ten pounds on somehow, even if it means doing two or three good pullups
     
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    I'm going to try this out for a few weeks. I've been going until failure every set and I'm improving but not very quickly.

    Thanks for the advice.
     
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    In on this thread.. I've never been able to do a pullup and want to be able to do at least 5 in a few months. :hs:
     
  22. 60druidgurubash

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    hmm im going to try increasing sets and reducing reps. everytime i go to failure on the first set i can hit like 9 or so. but then 2nd set it goes down maybe 6. and 3rd set like 2 lol.
     
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    Me too, I can do 1.5 unassisted.
     
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    I've gone from sets of 5 at the start of the year, to sets of 8 plyo. :bigthumb:
     
  25. Balzz

    Balzz N54 Elitist OT Supporter

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    Well you're certainly better at talking than doing. :mamoru:
     
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