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Old 10-05-2009, 06:45 PM   #1
John Otterstedt
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150 pull-ups

Our affiliate's WOD for tomorrow is 150 pull-ups for time. Any suggestions on how to make this most palatable?

I can do about 8 dead hangs and about 15 kips (just learning the kips) before having to rest a bit. I once did 100 burpee pull-ups, and I found that I could carry on pretty long with single rep jumping pull-ups. I actually think that I might finish this WOD faster if I just did jumping singles (jumping from the ground into the pull-up, back to the ground for a 3 seconds, and then jumping into the next one), as opposed to resting long enough to bang out another 3 -5 in a row. However, are jumping pull-ups considered cheating? The bar is actually a good distance above my head, so the jumping doesn't help THAT much, but it probably does help a bit.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:09 PM   #2
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Re: 150 pull-ups

if ya can't do 150 pull-ups, ya can't do 150 pull-ups.

there's no shame in scaling in some way, whether it be assisted pull-ups, bands, etc.

the CrossFit beasts weren't born as beastly as they are now.

just sayin', 150 pull-ups is a task for anyone.

if you feel the jumping ones are providing benefit for you, then do those.

pullups are one exercise where i just get to the point where i can't do anymore after a while so whichever way is easiest for you, bang 'em out.

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Old 10-05-2009, 08:00 PM   #3
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Re: 150 pull-ups

just do 30 sets of 5 real quick, thats managable right>?
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:02 PM   #4
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Re: 150 pull-ups

John:
Sounds like your affiliate is pretty hard core. It sounds like a tough workout, but very manageable. If you can do 15 kipping pull-ups, why not break it down into 10 sets of 15. Stay focused, crossfit workouts will test you mentally and physically. If they didn't you would be in a globo-gym on a stairmaster getting nothing accomplished.
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Old 10-06-2009, 01:02 AM   #5
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Re: 150 pull-ups

We did 100 for time recently. Personally, I don't know anyone that can do 150 pullups in one set. Scale as needed and break up into manageable sets, everyone else will.
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Old 10-06-2009, 03:04 AM   #6
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Re: 150 pull-ups

I'd second the sets of 5 idea for a WOD like this, ideally with only 5 breaths between sets. Just grind out what is do-able rather than trying to be a hero and it all degenerating to singles. I could probably do 10 sets of 15, but would have a faster time with the 5's because my cycle rate would be much quicker.
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Old 10-06-2009, 02:53 PM   #7
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Re: 150 pull-ups

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Our affiliate's WOD for tomorrow is 150 pull-ups for time. Any suggestions on how to make this most palatable?

I can do about 8 dead hangs and about 15 kips (just learning the kips) before having to rest a bit. I once did 100 burpee pull-ups, and I found that I could carry on pretty long with single rep jumping pull-ups. I actually think that I might finish this WOD faster if I just did jumping singles (jumping from the ground into the pull-up, back to the ground for a 3 seconds, and then jumping into the next one), as opposed to resting long enough to bang out another 3 -5 in a row. However, are jumping pull-ups considered cheating? The bar is actually a good distance above my head, so the jumping doesn't help THAT much, but it probably does help a bit.
With your current capabilities as a guideline, I would suggest something like doing sets of 4 every half-minute on the half-minute. You should be able to do unbroken sets until around 100 would be my guess. Then reduce to sets of 3 as necessary. Keep reducing the number per set if necessary to maintain unbroken sets.

I'd guess you'll be able to do this in 25-30 minutes with kipping pullups.
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Old 10-06-2009, 08:39 PM   #8
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Re: 150 pull-ups

Don't leave us hanging John, how did you do?
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Old 10-06-2009, 09:08 PM   #9
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Re: 150 pull-ups

Well, here is how it went....I started with 15 straight kipping pull-ups. Then I took a short break. From there, I did 5 at a time until I hit around 75. At that point, I was ready to pack it in so I used a band for a few rounds of 5. Then I added a second band. By the end, I was doing only 1-4 pull-ups per set. It wasn't pretty. The first half looked pretty good, though.
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Old 10-07-2009, 03:33 AM   #10
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Re: 150 pull-ups

I was at the gym by myself at the 6am so I did 30 muscle ups for time instead. I did it in 11:24. That was the first time I've ever tried that workout so I was really happy. 150 seems far worse than 30 muscle ups. I've done 100 before with Barbara, Angie and Murph but that extra 50 would have cooked me for sure.

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