Hi everyone. I was wondering if any of you could shed some light on why I suck at pull-ups/chin-ups? It seems that my recovery ability is just terrible for this particular exercise.
For example, I’ll plan to do 4 sets of 5 pull-ups, or something like that. I can do 7 or 8 pull-ups max, so the first set feels easy. I rest about 90 seconds I’m able to do about 4 pull-ups this time. Rest another 90 seconds and I can’t do a single pull-up, not even close!
For any other exercise I can follow this set/rep scheme using my 7RM weight, but not for pull-ups.
To give another example, I tried starting Thib’s “keep your chin up” program today. I decided to do the workout recommended for those who can do 4-6 good pull-ups. The first exercise is 5x(10-12) eccentrics at a tempo of 6 seconds per rep with 90 seconds of rest between sets. The first set isn’t so bad and I do 10 reps with what feels like plenty left in the tank.
The next set I can do 5 at the prescribed tempo. Next it’s 3, etc. The next exercise of the workout is to do 20 pull-ups in as many sets as it takes. Unfortunately, I am no longer able to do a single pull-up after the eccentrics. I imagine there are people out there for whom Thib’s program works wonders, but for me it seems impossible.
I know that everyone is different and my weakness at pull-ups may not be correctable, but if anyone could satisfy my curiosity by offering some insight as to why I have this problem I would be very grateful.