HIIT and Improved Pull-ups -- Coincidence?
I've been struggling to get to unassisted pull-ups for a time, but it's been slooow, hard work. No criticism about this; it will be a wasted of time. I know how many of you feel about using machines. I don't see any difference between using machines and using bands or using a chair and my leg, so that's what I've been doing.
About two weeks ago, I made the decision to drop 15 pounds of assistance. And oh, how I have struggled! I just couldn't get past doing a couple at a time, with probably 5 minutes rest between intervals. Then I started doing some thinking. Somewhere in the far recesses of my head, I seem to recall either Mark S. or Robb Wolf or someone mentioning that HIIT releases some sort of hormone that helps build muscle. And I decided on a little experiment.
I'm doing my normal workouts/rest days, but I've added 8 HIIT intervals to the end of every training session. I've been at this for about a week now, and I really surprised myself with my pull-ups today. I was doing the same workout I've been struggling with, but today I managed to do 15 assisted pull-ups, then did my squats and overhead presses, came back and did 15 assisted chin-ups.
So, opinions on whether I'm imagining that the HIIT is helping, or was today just a quirk?
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