Category Archives: Pullup Workouts

How to do More Than 30 Pull-ups (Q+A)

How to Break a Pull-up Training Plateau and Get Beyond 30 Reps Question: Hi John, Thanks for your information. It is really interesting. However, I have been able to hit 30-35 consecutive overhand pull ups for the last five years and therefore feel like I have plateaued. Any recommendations on how to step it up… Read More »

Easy Pull-ups: The Minimum Effective Dose For Increasing Pull-ups & Chin-ups

Would you like to increase your pull-ups and chin-ups while doing as little work as possible? I’ll explain how in this post. A few people have emailed me to say something to the effect of… Your pull-up workout programs look great, but they also look hard. Do you have something easier? The answer is always… Read More »

How to Use Inverted Rows to Get Your First Pull-ups & Chin-ups

If you can’t do any pull-ups yet, the inverted row is a great exercise that will help you train the same musculature through a different range of motion. The pull-up and chin-up are VERTICAL pulling exercises. And the inverted row is a HORIZONTAL pulling exercise that targets all the same musculature (i.e. mostly the back… Read More »

How to Rapidly Increase Your Pull-up Reps in 2-4 Weeks

A Complete High Intensity Pull-ups Workout Program For Maximum Short-Term Results (2-4 Weeks) Below, you’ll find a pull-ups workout program that you can use for 2-4 weeks for a short-term boost to your pull-up strength and performance. This is NOT a sustainable workload, and thus, this is not an effective long-term training program. That said,… Read More »

The Barstarzz 80-Rep Pull-up Challenge

I love a good challenge, and this pull-up challenge from the Barstarzz is a great one! Instructions: Complete the following pull up exercises in the order listed below – resting only as necessary. Once you’ve completed the circuit, rest for 5 minutes before going through the circuit again in the reverse order (i.e. start at… Read More »

How to do Pull-ups Like a Man

Here is a super-simple pull-up training routine from Brett McKay, who is the owner and author of The Art of Manliness blog. I don’t think Brett has any professional fitness credentials, but he figured out how to do more than one stinkin’ pull-up and shared his routine in the video below. The Art of Manliness… Read More »

Low Reps VS High Reps: Which is better for increasing Pull-ups and Chin-ups?

Question: Hey John, I used the GTG method to work my way up from 3-4 pullups to 15ish pullups, but I’ve been stuck there for a few weeks now. I read somewhere that I should start cycling between heavy weighted pullups and higher rep pullup workouts. Maybe it was one of the interviews you did.… Read More »