Vlogger Stan Browney is always looking for a new fitness challenge to try. He’s attempted to do 1,000 push ups in one hour, and most recently had a run at breaking the 30-second pushup world record (the results were inconclusive, since there were no truly established marks on which to base his attempt). Given the success of his pushup exploits, he decided to take on a similar trial, but for pullups, in another #30secondschallenge.
“I tried to beat the record for the most pushups done in 30 seconds, or at least the most I could find online… I wanted to beat it. And I beat it,” he says. “So now it’s time for pull ups.”
He starts by finding a baseline to see how many pullups he can do in the time framefrom the get go, and he knocks out 23.
But he has to figure out how many pull ups he’ll have to do to break the record. But upon a quick Google search, he can’t find an official world record anywhere.
“Pushups are a easier than pullups. I’d say pullups are twice as hard,” Browney says. So he settles on trying to do 25 pull ups in 30 seconds, about half the number of pushups he did in his initial #30secondschallenge.
On his first attempt, he notes that he was “swinging too much”, and needed to contract his abs more. So on his second attempt, he hits 24, one short of his goal.
“Gotta contract the abs more,” he says after doing a bunch more attempts, and failing to hit 25.
He’s not wrong. One of the keys to a strong strict pullup is constant tension, although that won’t make the move easier—instead, it should get even more challenging.
But eventually, Browney nails his goal. But he’s unimpressed with his form after watching his tape back, so he hits the gym to perfect it, hoping to get 26 reps. He says he’s done more than 1,000 pull ups to get his form down before doing another attempt, which results in 25 reps.
If you want to master the pullup, start with these progressions. Decide exactly the which variation of the exercise is right for your training goals, then get after it. Just make sure that form comes first—then focus on reps for time.
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