February 14, 2007
February 17, 2007

Pullups, pullups pullups!

If you are coming to CFDC sessions, you need to make these a priority of your own training. Honestly, pullups are not my strong point, but I don’t want that reflected in the people I train. Without a good bar to use at our location, we don;t get them in in class. So make sure you are doing them. I am.



  1. falconfive says:

    Pullups? I do those once in a while. Good for the guns.

  2. Lou says:

    I did my best of year pulling out ten in a row the other day. They have never been my strong point. My goal is to be able to do a set of 25 by the time the parade of stars rolls around. Any training tips?

  3. Steven says:

    Here’s what I have used for information on improving my pullups:


    I haven’t really been consistent enough in my training, so I haven’t made too much progress.

  4. Libby says:

    Thanks for that link Steve. There’s not a good place to do jumping pull-ups at my gym, and I don’t like using the gravitron machine. I’ll try out the floor assisted ones today!

  5. Tom Brose says:

    Libby, a great place to do Jumping Pullups is in the otherwise worthless Smith Machine. Its an adjustable height bar, often available.

  6. Jen says:

    Pullups with a band on one foot works well too. If you don’t have a band use a inner tube from a bike.
    Today I got 3 kipping pullups with no shoulder pain! My form needs work but it’s coming along. As for dead hangs I’m at around 4 or 5. I don’t like to go to failure so I’m unsure. I hope to be back in class next week.

  7. Mike says:

    Because I’m regularly doing the “easier”** WODs (Fran, Cindy, Mary), I’m forced to do pull-ups pretty much every time. Over the last two months I’ve gotten pretty decent at them.

    Also, if I’m within 10 feet of anything remotely resembling a pull-up bar, I’ll Grease the Groove and do 2-5 (not to exhaustion) at every opportunity.

    Try pull-up ladders too. I found it was my form and getting used to dynamically engaging those muscles that was more the problem, not a lack of strength. Converting from dead hang to kipping made things better too.

    ** huge air quotes

  8. lou rawls says:

    ALL, thanks for the info! I will give all the tips a try. They are getting easier. That said, I often can only do 4, after doing a set of 10. I am trying to use the smith machine and slowing increase the height I use for he jumping pullups. I am trying to get to the point where my toes can only tap the floor before bouncing back up.