Category Archives: Q+A

What To Do When You Can’t Hold A Flexed-Arm Hang

QUESTION: I just came across your website last night, and I’m having a little trouble understanding something. I’m a big guy (big enough I’d rather not say!) and I came across your site because I’m sick of waiting to lose weight to try to get my first pull-up. I’d rather not keep my strength goals… Read More »

Pull-ups & Chin-ups for Max Biceps Development

7 Tips for Growing Bigger Biceps with Pull-ups and Chin-ups QUESTION: Hi. While doing chinups, is straight legs or bent legs backward more effective? And after doing 3 chinups my knee naturally goes forward and it makes it easy to do. What should I do to get maximum biceps development ? – Prajol ANSWER: Leg… Read More »

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 »

Shoulder Pain And Pull-ups (Q+A)

Note: this is one post in a series on Pull-ups and Pain. QUESTION: Hello John, Thank you for the post. In most cases when I perform a pull-up, I get a shoulder pain. Any thoughts on preventing the pain? -Saad. ANSWER: First, read this article that I wrote about pull-ups and elbow problems. Much of… Read More »

2016 Survey Results, Rapid-Fire Q+A, and Upcoming Topics

I recently conducted a survey to get your opinion about how to best help you with your pull-up training goals. And today, I’d like to share a summary of the feedback that many of you graciously offered me. Let’s start with the positive feedback. Thank you…No, THANK YOU! First things first, a lot of you… Read More »