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Old 12-30-2009, 02:59 PM   #1
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1,000 pull-ups and 1,000 burpees

...in a month.

i just finished this today.

it was good, because i had never done more than 70 pull-ups in a single day before, or more than 75 or so burpees in a day, so this kind of volume was WAY above and beyond anything i had done in a 30-day time span before.

having said that, 33 pull-ups and burpees a day is NOT a lot by any stretch of the imagination. (33 x 30 days is 990; i was going to do the last 10 reps tomorrow, but just added them to today's quota to be done already.) i could have done twice as much -- and some days i did, making up for a missed day the day before.

one thing i learned from this is that the body can handle much more volume than you think... if it's spaced out enough.

there's a "march of dimes" effect, if you will, in the impressive accumulation of reps in relatively small, painless denominations. unlike the march of dimes fundraising, though, my 1,000th rep doesn't "buy" me much more than my first 1 did. (shrug.)

the idea of being able to accomplish something big while breaking it down into tiny parts is a great motivating concept... but it doesn't mean that it's the best way to train.

so, as you might imagine, the other thing i learned is that intensity is key. i didn't dally or spread my reps out throughout the day, but on most days, i have to admit that i didn't push myself as hard as i should have to finish quickly. i gave myself more rest than i should have.

now, i DID improve my pull-ups single-set max from 20 to 24... but that happened in the first week, when i WAS pushing myself to go quickly. otherwise, i think i stagnated because i didn't push the intensity, and because i got bored of doing the same thing every day.

it's not like i didn't know those "lessons" going into this, but the experience really highlighted them for me. it was great to set a goal and to reach it, but the real value for me now is in the appreciation of the need to go harder each day and rotate exercises.
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Old 12-30-2009, 03:43 PM   #2
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Re: 1,000 pull-ups and 1,000 burpees

you should try doing that with dead hang pullups!
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Old 12-31-2009, 01:48 AM   #3
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Re: 1,000 pull-ups and 1,000 burpees

Try doing 1000 pullups one week and 1000 burpees the next week
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Old 01-11-2010, 01:11 AM   #4
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Question Re: 1,000 pull-ups and 1,000 burpees

kyle i'm down for that. except i am going for 1000 pull ups, and 1000 burpees in one week. anyone else in on it with me ?
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:40 AM   #5
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Re: 1,000 pull-ups and 1,000 burpees

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kyle i'm down for that. except i am going for 1000 pull ups, and 1000 burpees in one week. anyone else in on it with me ?
143 a day?

no thank you. i'd be concerned about injury.

500 in a week, though, tht's probably doable.
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Old 01-11-2010, 11:41 AM   #6
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Re: 1,000 pull-ups and 1,000 burpees

by the way, for what it's worth:

a week after finishing this i pulled a new pr for a 5rm in the deadlift and did my first bar muscle-up.
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Old 01-12-2010, 02:55 AM   #7
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Re: 1,000 pull-ups and 1,000 burpees

143 a day is not that bad split it up into sets of 20 with the first or last set being 23.
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Old 01-12-2010, 12:39 PM   #8
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Re: 1,000 pull-ups and 1,000 burpees

It is all about spacing; finding your "critical power limit"--the pace/rate that allows you to keep going and going.

Up until 8 months ago I 60,000 pull-ups over the previous 1.5 years; some days I did 2,000.

By the way, this caused pain in my lats/forearms that would last for 2-3 days, to the extent it interfered with my sleep. The pronated pull-up puts a lot of stress on that little Brachioradialis muscle.
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Old 01-12-2010, 06:50 PM   #9
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Re: 1,000 pull-ups and 1,000 burpees

^^^^^how did you achieve that, it seems unhuman. 2000 a day, so what was your spacing between sets and how big were your sets
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Old 01-13-2010, 07:54 AM   #10
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Re: 1,000 pull-ups and 1,000 burpees

Eugene, I hold the world record for pull-ups in 24 hours (3,175). I am 59 years old, male. Although on the surface this seems perhaps impossible, if you "pace" yourself, it is quite doable.

I broke the record at an average of 2.8 pull-ups/minute. This was also in the range of my training regime.

I suspect that most crossfitters could do a 2.8 pull-ups/minute for hour after hour. Try it. See for yourself.

It is just LSD applied to pull-ups. People do it for running all the time. Why not pull-ups?

And some days I'd spend 15 hours doing pull-ups. Boring? Yup. Hint: audiobooks.
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