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    I am planning on participating in a charity event next year in February that entails doing pull ups for 24 hours. I am challenging a friend who did the event alone this year. I am starting to instill the Primal lifestyle and I was curious how I could train for an endurance even like this primally.

    The guy I am challenging did 2501 pull ups in 24 hours (he actually had to stop after about 14 hours) so I am going to have to gain a lot of strength but also train for endurance (I am thinking of outlining the training in a manner similar to someone training for a marathon).

    Any ideas on how to approach my training and what kind of diet I should be incorporating during my training. Most of my energy should be coming from fat with some carbs mixed in for glycogen replenishment correct?

    Thanks in advance

  • #2
    I wouldn't over think it (diet wise at least) just do lots of pull ups, all the time, every day. The day of competition I would try to stay as fresh as possible - I wouldn't have a single "set" over 5 reps. That way you may be able to keep banging out pull ups for many hours.

    You have a whole year, so play around with a few things, pyramid sets, doing one pull up a minute for a certain amount of time (half hour, while you watch TV or something) build up your work capacity as much as you can.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by macnip View Post
      The guy I am challenging did 2501 pull ups in 24 hours (he actually had to stop after about 14 hours)
      Are those assisted? 178 pull-ups per hour seems a bit absurd

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TTBlue21 View Post
        Are those assisted? 178 pull-ups per hour seems a bit absurd
        I'm assuming not, but it does beg the question, are kipping pull ups allowed? cus if so that changes the whole dynamic. My advise was based on strict pull ups.
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        • #5
          I assume the OP is referring to David Goggins: 24 Hours Of Pull Ups: Navy SEAL Attempted World Record For Charity.

          I'd imagine David himself would know more about how to train for an event of this magnitude than anyone on these boards, but if you want my two cents I would treat it like training for a marathon or triathlon: do one high-volume pull-up session every week, gradually making it longer each time. In addition, I'd do 3-5 lower volume training days each week. You should also probably do lots of push-ups to keep things balanced.
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          • #6
            It actually was not David Goggins. It was a guy here in Ohio.

            Man Does 2,501 Pullups! | Men's Health News

            I mistook his time. He did pull ups for a little over 15 hours. Problem with Paul is that he is not Primal, so, we can train similarly (although fitness is his profession so he has a little more time for it), but our eating will be completely different.

            As for the type of pull ups....I believe they were all full pull ups. He had sanctioned reps there to count his reps as his initial intention was to try and break the guiness world record.

            Thank you for the push up recommendation. I definitely want to keep balance within my body.

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              • #8
                That sounds like a lot of pull-ups but it's only 2.77 per minute. I'm sure fatigue starts setting in though. For this competition I would seriously look at minimizing total body fat. Every gram of body fat reduction and upper body muscle increase is going to make you more suited for this competition. Consider IF to help maintain lean mass and reduce fat. You want to look just the opposite of a cyclist Big on top - Small on the bottom! IniQuity's advice is good - do as few as possible per minute to stay within reach of the goal. As far as your diet goes - The more you are training the more careful you need to be about getting enough carbohydrate. Endurance is all about recovering quickly. You have 1 year to train - better get started!
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                • #9
                  Aside from the mostly endurance-based training, don't overlook weighted pull-ups. You may not be ready for them now, but you'll definitely get there training for this. I would add one day per week of weighted effort and continue that until about 3 weeks from the competition, if I were to try something like this. Its a variant of what I do for kayak race training.

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                  • #10
                    What a great goal!

                    A little informal I know, but hanging a pull-up bar in a high-traffic area of your home, and doing a few every time you pass is a good way to increase your daily number as well. I agree with UpACreek about the weighted pull-ups.

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                    • #11
                      Awesome ideas guys. Thanks. Weighted pull ups sound great. Any thoughts around heavy weight/low rep training to increase overall strength to compliment pull ups training?

                      I was thinking about a heavy pull up day once a week (at least initially) and then incorporating compound heavy lifts throughout the week; deadlifts, squats, overhead press and bench.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by macnip View Post
                        Awesome ideas guys. Thanks. Weighted pull ups sound great. Any thoughts around heavy weight/low rep training to increase overall strength to compliment pull ups training?

                        I was thinking about a heavy pull up day once a week (at least initially) and then incorporating compound heavy lifts throughout the week; deadlifts, squats, overhead press and bench.
                        Personally, I'd spend the first 9 or 10 months getting as strong as possible (and big), doing all the compound stuff you mentioned and emphasizing heavier and heavier weighted pullups and then spend the last 2-3 months getting lean and ripped and working muscular endurance with an emphasis on doing as many pullups as possible. Strength is a more persistent adaptation than muscular endurance. How many pullups can you do in 24 hours at present?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by macnip View Post
                          It actually was not David Goggins. It was a guy here in Ohio.

                          Man Does 2,501 Pullups! | Men's Health News
                          Wow! There are more pull-up freaks out there than I realized!

                          Best of luck with this endeavor - keep us posted!
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by RichMahogany View Post
                            Personally, I'd spend the first 9 or 10 months getting as strong as possible (and big), doing all the compound stuff you mentioned and emphasizing heavier and heavier weighted pullups and then spend the last 2-3 months getting lean and ripped and working muscular endurance with an emphasis on doing as many pullups as possible. Strength is a more persistent adaptation than muscular endurance. How many pullups can you do in 24 hours at present?
                            Great question about how many pull ups I can do in 24 hours. I have no idea actually. I have never attempted pull ups over a 24 hour period. I'll say this though. I have let myself fall out of shape. I need to lean myself out and develop strength back. My only concern with just focusing on getting as strong as possible for so long is that it may not allow me enough time to develop endurance

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by macnip View Post
                              Great question about how many pull ups I can do in 24 hours. I have no idea actually. I have never attempted pull ups over a 24 hour period. I'll say this though. I have let myself fall out of shape. I need to lean myself out and develop strength back. My only concern with just focusing on getting as strong as possible for so long is that it may not allow me enough time to develop endurance
                              Endurance doesn't take that long to develop (or atrophy). Strength is the far more persistent adaptation. This, along with running marathons, may be amongst the few exceptions, but usually getting stronger gives you the most bang for your buck.

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                              What is your true goal? Are you hoping to out-pullup a pullup-champion?
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