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Old 06-20-2008, 06:05 AM   #1
Richard Evans
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Pull up difficulty and how to scale workouts

Hi guys

I am due to do a workout today that is:
12 x push press (80lbs)
10 x pull ups
repeat for 20 minutes.

The problem I have is that my max pull ups is around 5 (completely out of proportion to other areas). And as the 20 minutes goes on this will prob decrease.

Is it better to get to the 10 reps of pull ups even if it means jumping on and off the bar or is it better to just do 4-5 and then return to the push press thus keeping the intensity up.

Another alternative is to do as follows:
12 push press
5 push up
3 pull up
5 push up
3 pull up
5 push up
3 pull up...

Your views and experiences will be gratefully received.

Thank you
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Old 06-20-2008, 06:24 AM   #2
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Re: Pull up difficulty and how to scale workouts

Exchanging out pull-ups for push-ups will only excaberate the problem. Maybe scale it to 6-5 reps instead of 12-10 and really work on your form. Once the technique is down for pull-ups you will find the limiting factor will be grip and trying to keep your heart from jumping out of your chest.
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Old 06-20-2008, 06:59 AM   #3
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Re: Pull up difficulty and how to scale workouts

Check here for scaling of each day's workouts:
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Old 06-20-2008, 07:00 AM   #4
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Re: Pull up difficulty and how to scale workouts

Hi Richard,

Do you have access to a pull-up assistance band? These have helped numerous people at my gym increase the number of unassisted pull-ups they can do.

I usually recommend that people at least TRY and do unassisted pull-ups, especially when the numbers are low, like 10. If this was something a little more diabolical where you were trying to crank out 40 at a time, then I would recommend a form of assistance.

Just do your best! If you hit a wall, and can't get any more pull-ups, by all means switch to jumping pull-ups.
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Old 06-20-2008, 10:03 AM   #5
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Re: Pull up difficulty and how to scale workouts

I would do it as RX'd. You'll feel good knowing that you did...and when you do your next pullup workout it'll be that much better. So what if you have to break it up into 2's...or even 1's.

Disclaimer - If you can't do 1 - Do jumping pullups. Keep track of what round you start the jumping though.
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