You leap and clutch the bar far overhead.
Forearms engaged, you begin pulling your entire body weight upward.
Your lats start to contract as you continue, feeling virtually every pulling, ancillary and stabilizing muscle become enlisted.
Fighting gravity, you ascend and arrive at the apex of contraction, chin and neck above the bar. You have arrived!
With gravity becoming even more antagonistic you then descend slowly towards the floor.
That’s one rep. 😀
I dabbled with pull-ups & chin-ups for most of my early training years, but found them incredibly difficult and often became discouraged with them.
After researching various back workouts and training, I realized pull-ups seemed to be a common denominator for great development in all of these programs.
I was never very good at them, but was now inspired to improve for all the obvious benefits that they deliver, so I figured maybe the best path was to engage in a “crash course.”
I have always noticed and believed in the idea that frequent, focused, dedicated intention can deliver results fast so I decided to inject this into my new obsession, mastering these pull-ups.
My approach was simple.
I would do these pull-ups every day and attempt to increase my mind/muscle connection and motor-skills much like my methods mentioned in this post.
At this point I probably had the ability to do maybe 12 body weight pull-ups which is solid, but I wanted more.
My simple/basic approach
Day 1, I simply went to my basement and performed one solid full range of motion pull-up.
Day 2, I did two.
Day 3, I performed three.
And so on…..
Eventually, I arrived at day 17 (just a little over two weeks after starting this very unassuming program) and banged out seventeen solid reps.
Day 18 arrived and I regressed to sixteen reps, but I found a new echelon adding about five reps to my previous max.
I then decided to return to a more standard training format increasing resistance (adding additional weight to a lifting belt) and this spurred even more progress.
In a near future posting, I will discuss some recent experimentation on this subject and some very interesting discoveries.