if you got 32 pullups either you were swinging your legs or you dont have any legs. if that is the case then i apologize.
the most pullups i have ever done were 17, and the last two reps i couldnt get my head above the bar[/quote]
I have a friend who can do 28 (180lbs), another friend who can do 44 (150lbs), and my buddy who just got back from USMC boot told me that the guy who won the Ironman competition got almost 60 (132lbs).
Meanwhile I can do like 16 (220lbs).[/quote]
I’m not saying that your friends or the Ironman winner fall into this, but there are lots of people who can do “lots of pull-ups”, but there is a big difference between strict perfect pull-ups and what most people do when they bang out lots of pull-ups. I know that there are some gymnasts, acrobats, and rock climbers out there who can do high numbers of perfect form pull-ups though, so it’s certainly possible that spk and your friends can really do that many pull-ups. I’m with others though that I’d like to see a video of it because it is rare.
And just so you know what I mean by strict form/perfect pull-ups:
-every rep starts from a full dead hang (arms locked straight, shoulders relaxed up into the ears)
-there is no swinging of the body whatsoever (body is kept in a straight line, legs straight, no arching the back)
-the body is pulled up to the point where the collar bone/clavicle is level with the bar/the bar touches the upper chest
I see very few people doing pull-ups like this when doing “lots of reps” though, just like most max rep push-up or dip sets use less than perfect form. Still impressive to do that many reps, but a totally different animal to do that many reps correctly.