I’m thinking of following the CW Perfect Ten program, using pull-ups. I’m just finishing a week or so away from Pull-ups as part of a planned rest (have still been working out - just no pull-ups), but prior to that, I was doing heavily weighted (for me) pullups 45-65LB extra weight, very low reps. The perfect ten program tends to involve higher reps-sets - probably representing a nice change from my heavy-weight Pull-ups, so that’s as good a reason as any to try it.
But I have a couple of questions:
Firstly, has anyone tried this program, and if so, can you share your experience please? Ideally, I’d like to learn of someone trying Pull-ups, but frankly, I’ll be pleased to hear from anyone who’s tried it.
Secondly, I note that, for some of the workouts, Chad prescribes high-rep sets. Like many, I can’t do high-rep sets with pull-ups without counterweight assistance (which I don’t want to do). Last time I checked, my max reps was 14 (to burnout). It will probably be less now, being as I’ve trained heavy, and obviously burnout is not an option for this program.
How should I address that issue? As I see it, my options are:
Don’t try Perfect Ten using pull-ups.
Do multiple sets until I make the prescribed # reps for a particular workout. E.g. where Chad prescribes 2 sets of 25 (let alone the one set of 50!), I could break that up into, say 2 x (3 x 8), with relatively short rests between each 8-rep set, and a longer rest between the next series of 3 sets. (Similarly, I could aim for 10 x 5 for the 50-rep workout, for example). All these would be bodyweight only.
Stick to the number of sets, letting the reps be what they will be at near fatigue levels (this will thus restrict my max # reps to around 10-12, I suspect).
Use a counterweight and make the full number of reps. This may be impracticle for me, as I don’t have access to an assist machine, and my homemade attempts at this have been “less than successful” to date, but maybe I should persist?
Use a Lat-tower (which I think is a poor substitute) for the high-rep sets?