Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Women & Pull-Ups

This was linked at a forum I frequent (thank you gentlemen who shall remain unnamed).

As I watched this, my ego protected itself by saying "Well, she's shaving some range of motion off of those!" ...until she banged out each of the last half dozen or so from a dead hang.



The other night, I did 17 reps. My best ever was 29 reps (20 years and 40 pounds ago mind you), all from a dead hang. 2010's goal will be to get 30 "moderately clean" reps.

How many can YOU do?

16 comments:

Tom said...

Best ever was 11 fairly clean reps (I'd say a little leg lifting on the last 2-3 reps). Atm 7 leaves me pretty trashed and they're ugly chinups too...

dasic said...

14 reps at best. chin ups are my favorite exercise and everyweek my routine will have weighted chins. unfortunately still trying to break the 20 rep barrier

Charlie said...

Best ever was 12 dead hang. I think pull ups, supine rows, push ups, and squats are about the best all round basic exercises. Can do them anywhere - don't need a lot of equipment - hundreds of variations.

firemama said...

I love this video! Especially the looks on the faces of the folks in the background sitting around doin' a whole lotta nothing....

matt said...

14 overhand grip, maybe 16 underhand on a good day.

Here is another impressive pull up video for you Boris, you may have already seen this one:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=boLl8rGhJvE

Charlie said...

Boris,
Here are a couple more that are pretty impressive.

20 Hand Claps
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K1JqtbRPNps&feature=related

This is insane body weight stuff...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jT_3LAhd0LE&feature=related

:-) charlie

Peter said...

Yeah, but she only banged out 3x my personal best. Not so impressive. ;)

Kidding aside, that's good stuff - she started strong and ended strong.

Kai Johnson said...

The most I've gotten was 13 last year at the age of 42. Previously my best had been 12 when I was 25 and doing lots of pullups.

I can't use age as an excuse as I understand this lady is also 44 years old. Very impressive work on her part.

Boris said...

Thanks for the comments and links everyone - I will definitely check those out tonight.

FORTY-FOUR? I thought she was in her 20s!! Okay, no excuses at all now - I will hit 30 this year.

dasic said...

you go get your 30 for 2010 !

Jordan Vezina said...

My best was 28 dead hangs while I was in the Marines, but I also weighed 140 pounds. :)
Makes it easier.

Boris said...

Will do Dasic.

Jordan,
How many can you do now? Being lighter is an advantage, no doubt. Being heavy is no excuse however - if I have to lose weight, I will.

Jordan Vezina said...

I'm not sure about BW as I haven't tested it in a while. I can hit one rep with a 28 kg. And 10 reps with 10 kg. For TSC training. I weigh about 170 right now.

Darryl Lardizabal said...

What is she a rock-climber?

Yeah and my ego is just bashed...Thanks Boris.

Boris said...

That's pretty good Jordan - for TSC, you need to touch the throat, right?

Darryl,
She's tough - no doubt. I 'heard' she's a fitness competitor, but I don't know.

Pat said...

25 dead hang at the marine booth at the mn state fair summer 2009. i am 42yo. i want 30 in 2010. i still can not squat more than 300 though - annoying. for me doing weighted pull-ups (35-50lbs - chain belt or backpack) increases my ability to do reps.