Increasing your pullups is a fairly common question out there in the world. How do you do it? Surprisingly it doesn’t seem like I’ve tackled this subject before.
Well the other day I received a question from Darryl as he was looking to do just that. He was planning on going to the Progressive Calisthenics Certification and had to add a few reps to meet their bodyweight exercise requirements.
So here it is, this is what I would do to increase my pullups. Also there area a few ideas on form in here as well.
The basic ideas here are to do a full range of motion in your pullups. I see too many people cut their reps short without even knowing that they’re doing that.
Chinnups are easier than pullups and can be useful as a secondary variation. I always like to switch back and forth between these two.
Finally my ideas on increasing your pullups is to simply do it by increasing the amount of volume you can do with relatively easy sets. If you go from 20 to 30 to 50 in a workout you’ll likely find your maximum repetition pullups for a single set will go up as well. This is basically a double system of progression and it works for improving pullups.
Here are two other great articles on pullups:
What is Proper Pullup Form?
How to Move Beyond the Pullup
Check this out to learn how to work your way up to that first pull-up, how to train for one-arm pull-up and ways to increase pull-up repetitions.