Lots of folks keep asking me this.
And while sometimes people dont ask directly, the underlying import is clear. Very clear, clear as daylight.
I myself ask this question to people who rattle off the numbers “100” or “500” casually when it comes to pushups.
“Great”, I say. “How many can you do in ONE set”?
40-50, they stutter back.
“Great!”, I say. “Now, how many with perfect form”?
Numbers drop by more than a fourth.
“Great!”, I say.
“Now can we slow it down, slowly up, slowly down, taking at least a second to descend fully, a second to ascend fully?”
Believe me, I really probe the point till it HURTS – hehe – thats part of why many people hate my very guts.
But point here is this.
Lots of people want to be able to knock of pull-ups like a stud – perfect form, up and down – 10 plus reps per set.
Now, how do you get there.
And is it required.
Let’s address #2 first
To me, it’s a great goal to have, dont get me wrong.
Doing 50 pull-ups in ONE set, for one, perfect form is nothing short of super duper STUD – so if you can, by any chance do them, send in a video of you doing them, and I’ll share it with the world – and I’ll be begging YOU to write a book on pull-ups at that point.
Same thing for 50 plus regular pushups in ONE set.
Or, more …
But is it necessary to get in super shape?
Or stay there?
I dont think so, my friend.
Again, great and worthy goal to have if you have it …..
But it’s not REQUIRED.
When I was filming Battletank Shoulders, for one, I never did more than 25 pull-ups in one set with strict form.
And here’s something that may really surprise you.
I hardly ever did these 25/set pull-ups – more often, it was 10 in a set, then I’d do advanced variations, I’d work in pushups, and so forth.
Especially fingertip and handstand work, which I keep talking about in my books, but precious few people DO (because it’s so tough).
Sometimes, indeed often times, to get to 120 pull-up per workout?
I’d do them in sets of 5-10.
You heard me, friend.
And that,in part, was how I worked up to 25 per set – and could probably have worked up to more if I wanted to, but I didnt.
Currently, same thing.
I do them in sets of 5.
And I get a great workout in regardless!
Now, what if you WANT to do that many in one set ?
Well, for both pull-ups and pushups …
One, make sure your core is in shape, part of that involves a FAT free core.
These exercises are brutal in terms of calling you out in terms of excess fat, my friend, if you have too much padding around the waist, you ain’t gonna be able to do them, period.
Second, adopt the “grease the groove” (WITHOUT any Glyn Schofield thoughts, hehe) technique I’ve spoken of many times in the past.
And, don’t max out on every set.
DO pull-ups, do tons of them per day, do them every opportunity you get, you’ll see you quickly improve!
And third, most importantly, never forget to work LEGS – and pushups – DURING this journey.
I really built my base for super stud status at all this with heavy duty LEG work, friend, lots of deep breathing and thigh and LEG work.
Simple as that!
There’s more to it, but if you just follow those above three tips, I think you will be surprised at not just your status at pull-ups after a while, but all other workouts you do!
That is that from me.
PS- And as for the original question?
Well, I’ll say not many at all …
Probably VERY few.
The vast majority of “fit” people are unable to do 5 pull-ups with proper form, so that says a lot.
Anyway, if you’re currently stuck at “Zero” but want to get to “Hero” – at pull-ups?
Then my world famous, results producing compilation on pull-ups – from DUD to STUD – to SUPER stud – within WEEKS! is for YOU, my friend.
Yes, for YOU.
And it brings results quicker than you’d think if you buckle down and DO THE THING!
Here is the link – Pull-ups – from DUD to STUD – to SUPER STUD – WITHIN WEEKS! (0excusesfitness.com)
And be sure to check out the great review for it!
This book will TRANSFORM YOU!
First I must address the above review otherwise you’ll find what I have to say regarding the book hard to believe.
The fact is, Glyn Schofield has an ongoing dispute with the author of the book and his review is designed to try and dissuade people from purchasing the book and thereby cost the author potential customers.
Glyn Schofield has not purchased any of the books he routinely reviews, nor does he have the slightest clue as to what constitutes a valid training book, I seriously doubt he’s ever exercised in his sorry little life.
Back to the review, this book will transform anyone who has the guts to give the book’s content a good hard try, there is a reason that the top elite military units around the world prize this exercise so highly, having the strength to pull your own bodyweight from full extension to full contraction repeatedly is very rare these days, which is why the easier lat pulldown exercise is so popular, it does not require the same amount of strength, only pulling your own bodyweight will give you that superior strength, if you want that kind of strength you owe it to yourself to get this book and learn from it and prepare to be transformed.
Another excellent book from the bodyweight guru.
And, the Bozo like review hes referring to up there.
Rahul’s worst book, drivel, awful
I first met my current gf while she was a masters student at the University of Birmingham 8 years ago and I was teaching there. I was not her teacher. Funnily enough, she referred me to Rahul’s literary masterpieces. Although reportedly a jealous and self loathing illegal worker in China, I thought I would purchase the jewel in the crown of his works. Sadly, I was more than disappointed. Feeling pity for Rahul as he clearly is unwell in the mind with his strange lies about highly respected and successful people, I hoped his book would be ok. How wrong I was. Beyond awful.
That was more drivel from our old Friend “Butts” Bozo Schofield, lol . . .
(Basically he projected his own “dancing monkey” self into a trollish post when he was high on something, and then pasted it onto Amazon)
(though I will admit, there is no-one more accomplished at “brown nosing” literally than Glyn. LOL. He’s successful at “in ass”, I’ll say that much!)
But as people have told me, if they find this a good book to troll, it “must be worth my while to get it”.
And it is, my friend. Hehe.
Get it NOW!
And while you’re at it, check out the book on how to combat, WIN AGAINST and PROFT FROM Nazi feminism as well – all of it goes hand in HAND.
Be sure too, to check out my Youtube video on why I love trolls like the Bozo that spend their sorry little lives “obsessing over Rahul”, as a friend “Dejon” (and several others) have chucked – oops, not you, Chuck, hehe – chuckled to me.