6-Weeks Pull Up Challenge

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  1. Quote Originally Posted by Angrypolak View Post
    I normally log by day. Ironically enough I went went with a cumulative log to avoid errors.

    Good call on the punishment too. Cheaters must be delt with swiftly and an example must be made!
    Do we need to test you for PUEDs? (Pull-up enhancing drugs)

  2. Talking


    Note to self. Never attempt to log a culmination of efforts and post up on AM unless you want the piss taken out of you
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  3. Alright guys I've been in and out of this thing since the get go. I'll make excuses later, now I'll just say "I'm out". Too much going on at work, trying to cut weight and still follow my HST program, plus the pull ups has got me running pretty ragged.

    Flame away, I can take it.
    Twenty-Two Until None
    I Am My Brothers Keeper

  4. Quote Originally Posted by ericos_bob View Post
    Note to self. Never attempt to log a culmination of efforts and post up on AM unless you want the piss taken out of you
    You may get in the line of fire for much less.

    Are you still wanking while watching "My little pony" , @SFreed ?
    Life is fair it's your expectations that aren't.

  5. Quote Originally Posted by SFreed View Post
    Alright guys I've been in and out of this thing since the get go. I'll make excuses later, now I'll just say "I'm out". Too much going on at work, trying to cut weight and still follow my HST program, plus the pull ups has got me running pretty ragged.

    Flame away, I can take it.
    Flame? I would have to acknowledge your existence in order to flame you, which is something I will not do anymore.

    On second thought. .I'd miss out on so many good memes. Hmmm...ok....I won't end it just yet, but you are on probation. Fair warning.

    I'm all seriousness, it is about the struggle and the effort. You tried. I get you have other things going on and other goals. Thanks for joining in an trying and for being part of things.

    As for me, I did 76 pull ups today...putting my total at 2,001. I did the 1 just because @Angrypolak didn't do just the minimum and give up...so neither could I...but I am out of juice. Even with the 4 days off I am tired from the pull ups. I am hoping that some rest will allow for recovery and I can benefit from the over reaching and come back in a couple weeks and do a lot more pull ups in a set...maybe a new PR of 15-20? We will see.

    Keep it coming guys!
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  6. Quote Originally Posted by hairygrandpa View Post
    You may get in the line of fire for much less.

    Are you still wanking while watching "My little pony" , @SFreed ?
    No. I stopped when it was time to eat.
    Twenty-Two Until None
    I Am My Brothers Keeper

  7. Quote Originally Posted by HIT4ME View Post
    Flame? I would have to acknowledge your existence in order to flame you, which is something I will not do anymore.

    On second thought. .I'd miss out on so many good memes. Hmmm...ok....I won't end it just yet, but you are on probation. Fair warning.

    I'm all seriousness, it is about the struggle and the effort. You tried. I get you have other things going on and other goals. Thanks for joining in an trying and for being part of things.

    As for me, I did 76 pull ups today...putting my total at 2,001. I did the 1 just because @Angrypolak didn't do just the minimum and give up...so neither could I...but I am out of juice. Even with the 4 days off I am tired from the pull ups. I am hoping that some rest will allow for recovery and I can benefit from the over reaching and come back in a couple weeks and do a lot more pull ups in a set...maybe a new PR of 15-20? We will see.

    Keep it coming guys!
    You're a beast. I'll walk 2 steps behind and one to the right if we're ever together. Only thing I got going for me is that some people think I'm a porn star.
    Twenty-Two Until None
    I Am My Brothers Keeper

  8. Quote Originally Posted by SFreed View Post
    You're a beast. I'll walk 2 steps behind and one to the right if we're ever together. Only thing I got going for me is that some people think I'm a porn star.
    LMAO, never my friend. You know I only playing.

    And...I get lost easily. No sense of direction.

    Edit: and you ARE a porn star. Your real name would be an awesome stage name...you can't ask for more than that!

  9. Quote Originally Posted by SFreed View Post
    Alright guys I've been in and out of this thing since the get go. I'll make excuses later, now I'll just say "I'm out". Too much going on at work, trying to cut weight and still follow my HST program, plus the pull ups has got me running pretty ragged.

    Flame away, I can take it.
    Yeah, you are doing quite a bit there and trying HST in a deficit is hard enough without doing a ton of extra pull ups. Like I mentioned before a great way to do a challenge like this would be to only do pull ups and dead lifts for back work. I can see a lot of growth and thickness coming from something like that!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by HIT4ME View Post
    Flame? I would have to acknowledge your existence in order to flame you, which is something I will not do anymore.

    On second thought. .I'd miss out on so many good memes. Hmmm...ok....I won't end it just yet, but you are on probation. Fair warning.

    I'm all seriousness, it is about the struggle and the effort. You tried. I get you have other things going on and other goals. Thanks for joining in an trying and for being part of things.

    As for me, I did 76 pull ups today...putting my total at 2,001. I did the 1 just because @Angrypolak didn't do just the minimum and give up...so neither could I...but I am out of juice. Even with the 4 days off I am tired from the pull ups. I am hoping that some rest will allow for recovery and I can benefit from the over reaching and come back in a couple weeks and do a lot more pull ups in a set...maybe a new PR of 15-20? We will see.

    Keep it coming guys!
    Nice, but I would not take more than a week off from them. You don't want to lose that CNS adaption as well. Just give it a week then do maybe like 3 sets once or twice a week but not anywhere near failure. If you can do 15 at once only do sets of 10, 10 at once do sets of 6 just to keep the groove and all the benefits you got from the hard work. Even if you just did 10 really good ones every day you would recover and supercompensate while keeping the efficiency of the movement that you gained from this challenge.
    Live Hard, Laugh Hard, Love Hard and Heal Fast! - KLEEN
    Current Training Log -
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/276206-kleen-strong-body.html

  10. Quote Originally Posted by MrKleen73 View Post
    Yeah, you are doing quite a bit there and trying HST in a deficit is hard enough without doing a ton of extra pull ups. Like I mentioned before a great way to do a challenge like this would be to only do pull ups and dead lifts for back work. I can see a lot of growth and thickness coming from something like that!!!


    Nice, but I would not take more than a week off from them. You don't want to lose that CNS adaption as well. Just give it a week then do maybe like 3 sets once or twice a week but not anywhere near failure. If you can do 15 at once only do sets of 10, 10 at once do sets of 6 just to keep the groove and all the benefits you got from the hard work. Even if you just did 10 really good ones every day you would recover and supercompensate while keeping the efficiency of the movement that you gained from this challenge.
    Yeah....thing is...people think you decompensate faster than you do. I haven't squatted for 6 weeks and hit 315 x 1 with gas in the tank last night which is as high as I've done in a long while.

  11. Quote Originally Posted by HIT4ME View Post
    Yeah....thing is...people think you decompensate faster than you do. I haven't squatted for 6 weeks and hit 315 x 1 with gas in the tank last night which is as high as I've done in a long while.
    Yes but have you been working hard on your legs and core during this time. Strength gains can still over power CNS not being as efficient as it was. Also it depends on how well ingrained the movement pattern is into your CNS already. If your legs and back got stronger there is no reason your squat couldn't stay the same even being less efficient. To test that theory work toward building your squat for 3 weeks and see if it doesn't improve above 315 in that time. I would fully expect it to go up by at least 10lbs in the next three weeks if you do. That could only, or at least mostly be due to CNS adaptation and not muscular accrual increasing strength.

    Test me out, see if I am wrong. Week 1 - 5x5 squats @RPE8, Week 2 - 5x3 squats @RPE8.5, Week 3 - 6x3 @RPE9, Week 4 test squat max.
    Live Hard, Laugh Hard, Love Hard and Heal Fast! - KLEEN
    Current Training Log -
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/276206-kleen-strong-body.html

  12. Quote Originally Posted by MrKleen73 View Post
    Yes but have you been working hard on your legs and core during this time. Strength gains can still over power CNS not being as efficient as it was. Also it depends on how well ingrained the movement pattern is into your CNS already. If your legs and back got stronger there is no reason your squat couldn't stay the same even being less efficient. To test that theory work toward building your squat for 3 weeks and see if it doesn't improve above 315 in that time. I would fully expect it to go up by at least 10lbs in the next three weeks if you do. That could only, or at least mostly be due to CNS adaptation and not muscular accrual increasing strength.

    Test me out, see if I am wrong. Week 1 - 5x5 squats @RPE8, Week 2 - 5x3 squats @RPE8.5, Week 3 - 6x3 @RPE9, Week 4 test squat max.
    Nope, not gonna prove you wrong because I don't think you are. I can certainly improve from here. For the last 6 weeks I've been doing pull ups, barbell curls, and military presses....nothing else. I probably DID lose SOME strength, but my point is that even with 6 weeks, I didn't lose too much.

    I have been toying with the idea that a long-term bro-split may actually work. I've noticed that there are a lot of people who are table tops. We all make fun of them - skinny legs, big chest and biceps. I've always thought it was stupid. But then, it occurred to me - holy sh1t, these guys who know nothing STILL have big muscles - at least the ones being trained. I was thinking that a multi-week blitz of a certain muscle group or a few muscle groups may trigger some untapped potential, then you rotate to blitz a new bodypart, and rest the body part you've already blitzed. It's just an exercise in trying to find a pattern that isn't obvious and may be beneficial....but I was thinking it sucks not training legs at all. I felt like I MUST be losing a ton of strength and just started again two nights ago, at which point my legs cramped so badly (unrelated....dehydration related) and I stopped, so last night was my first real attempt.

    It's just one of those crazy ideas that I think about, kind of try, and then gravitate back toward something more traditional, like Mentzer, HST or 5X5.

  13. Quote Originally Posted by HIT4ME View Post
    Nope, not gonna prove you wrong because I don't think you are. I can certainly improve from here. For the last 6 weeks I've been doing pull ups, barbell curls, and military presses....nothing else. I probably DID lose SOME strength, but my point is that even with 6 weeks, I didn't lose too much.

    I have been toying with the idea that a long-term bro-split may actually work. I've noticed that there are a lot of people who are table tops. We all make fun of them - skinny legs, big chest and biceps. I've always thought it was stupid. But then, it occurred to me - holy sh1t, these guys who know nothing STILL have big muscles - at least the ones being trained. I was thinking that a multi-week blitz of a certain muscle group or a few muscle groups may trigger some untapped potential, then you rotate to blitz a new bodypart, and rest the body part you've already blitzed. It's just an exercise in trying to find a pattern that isn't obvious and may be beneficial....but I was thinking it sucks not training legs at all. I felt like I MUST be losing a ton of strength and just started again two nights ago, at which point my legs cramped so badly (unrelated....dehydration related) and I stopped, so last night was my first real attempt.

    It's just one of those crazy ideas that I think about, kind of try, and then gravitate back toward something more traditional, like Mentzer, HST or 5X5.
    You are actually stumbling onto an effective training principle / method already out there. However during the times you are focusing on the one specific body part or movement you still do just enough to maintain everything else. So If you average 15-20 sets per body part normally, when doing something like this you would want to only do around 5-7 good work sets a week for the body parts on the maintenance plan. Then focus the rest of your effort, intensity, recovery and super-compensation effects toward the main focus.

    This way you lose nothing but focus all of your improvement power on the target body part or movement. So you get all the specificity you want for the body part, but don't lose any ground and possibly still make some improvements on those body parts on maintenance volume levels.

    This is very similar to me mentioning a great way to have done this pull up challenge would have been to only use deadlifts and pull ups for back training during this time. One damn good Dead lift session a week with daily pull ups would be pretty bad ass and the results for that persons back would be great!!!!
    Live Hard, Laugh Hard, Love Hard and Heal Fast! - KLEEN
    Current Training Log -
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/276206-kleen-strong-body.html

  14. I forgot to mention my other thought to all this....there are studies showing that once you build muscle, it has a sort of "memory" and it will also be easier to build. These studies support the theory that working out when you are young can impact you when you were older. It is also similar to how building muscle with steroids increases your muscle building capacity even when off of steroids.

    On this light, trying to push as much growth out of a single muscle while letting others "atrophy" may allow you to push a muscle to new potential and sure it will atrophy when you move on but it will come back to the new level quickly when you come back around to it....if I am making any sense I'd be surprised haha.

  15. Old: Day 29 / 800

    Today:
    Weighted chin ups/ BW 215lbs:
    +77lbs (35kg) x4
    drop
    +45lbs x6
    drop
    BW x 10
    Neutral grip x10
    Pull ups x8 +2
    Chin Ups x10
    Neutral grip: x8+2
    Pull ups: x7 +3
    Total 70

    New:
    Day 32/ 870
    Life is fair it's your expectations that aren't.

  16. Quote Originally Posted by hairygrandpa View Post
    Old: Day 29 / 800

    Today:
    Weighted chin ups/ BW 215lbs:
    +77lbs (35kg) x4
    drop
    +45lbs x6
    drop
    BW x 10
    Neutral grip x10
    Pull ups x8 +2
    Chin Ups x10
    Neutral grip: x8+2
    Pull ups: x7 +3
    Total 70

    New:
    Day 32/ 870
    1000 with weights hanging from you....that is pretty good.. still not 2000

  17. Quote Originally Posted by HIT4ME View Post
    1000 with weights hanging from you....that is pretty good.. still not 2000
    It seems I wont make it to 2000 in 42 days. Well, I'm an old fugger...
    Life is fair it's your expectations that aren't.

  18. Quote Originally Posted by hairygrandpa View Post
    It seems I wont make it to 2000 in 42 days. Well, I'm an old fugger...
    Where you at? This place is dead!

  19. Quote Originally Posted by MrKleen73 View Post
    Day 33 = 691 I have managed to get in 2 sessions of 25 the last few days keeping daily totals at 50 I should hit the 1000 in 7 days at this pace. So 1 under the 42 days. Talk about cutting it close.
    I have managed to get 50 a day for the last 4 days and am at 25 for the day now. So sitting at 916 as of right now. I should finish up in the next 2 days which is good because my elbow is ready for a week off.
    Live Hard, Laugh Hard, Love Hard and Heal Fast! - KLEEN
    Current Training Log -
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/276206-kleen-strong-body.html

  20. Day: 36
    85 pull ups

    Total 955
    Life is fair it's your expectations that aren't.

  21. Day 35 total 1016 - completed

    I finished off my last 25 last night at the gym getting me to 1016 and 1000 was my goal. I plan to go off of them for around a week. However I plan to do around 10 sets of pull ups a week, 5 sets of weighted and 5 of BW only. That should keep me relatively efficient and adding the weight should really help me increase size and strength.
    Live Hard, Laugh Hard, Love Hard and Heal Fast! - KLEEN
    Current Training Log -
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/276206-kleen-strong-body.html

  22. Checking in from Disney. My hotel has ZERO way to do pull-ups, so I'm glad I wrapped up last week. Keep it up fellas!!!!

  23. Quote Originally Posted by Angrypolak View Post
    Checking in from Disney. My hotel has ZERO way to do pull-ups, so I'm glad I wrapped up last week. Keep it up fellas!!!!
    You will find a kids playground, just look around!
    Life is fair it's your expectations that aren't.

  24. Quote Originally Posted by MrKleen73 View Post
    Day 35 total 1016 - completed

    I finished off my last 25 last night at the gym getting me to 1016 and 1000 was my goal. I plan to go off of them for around a week. However I plan to do around 10 sets of pull ups a week, 5 sets of weighted and 5 of BW only. That should keep me relatively efficient and adding the weight should really help me increase size and strength.
    Weighted pull/chin ups are like the squats for upper body!
    I do twice a week Pull/chin ups, changing grips with each set. Once a week with weights.
    Lat and biceps development is awesome.
    Life is fair it's your expectations that aren't.

  25. Quote Originally Posted by hairygrandpa View Post
    Weighted pull/chin ups are like the squats for upper body!
    I do twice a week Pull/chin ups, changing grips with each set. Once a week with weights.
    Lat and biceps development is awesome.
    Yes Sir, that is basically my plan as well. I know I respond well to weighted pull ups. Probably better than without the weight. I am more of an explosive guy so lower and explosive reps are something I respond really well too!
    Live Hard, Laugh Hard, Love Hard and Heal Fast! - KLEEN
    Current Training Log -
    http://anabolicminds.com/forum/workout-logs/276206-kleen-strong-body.html
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