I’m headed to Marine OCS in May, so my number one training goal is pullups. Crunches are maxed, run is OK not great (21:04), but my pullups suck, can get 10 pullups or 12 chinups in a max set. That was good enough for OCS selection, but it’s gonna be pretty bad if I show up in Quantico like that.
I’ve been doing the Armstrong Pullup Program, which both Marine friends and strangers swear by, for nearly two months now:
Have gotten nothing out of it. Have not missed a workout, but have made minimal progress, picked up some reps on certain days, but overall max is the same. Am I doing too many days and/or not enough reps?
I’ve cut my other lifting down a lot, now lift Mon-Wed-Fri, always do that day’s pullups first, then 4x6 or 5x5 on a big lift (bench, DL, front squat), then chest, shoulders, and traps, no back work aside from the pullups, curls on Monday and Friday only. Nutrition is pretty good, no longer trying to gain (USMC weight limit, I am just under), but get a good breakfast, about one gram protein per lb. bodyweight, don’t eat crap, basic supps, Surge has kept soreness minimal.
Read a couple good old forum posts on chins (ZEB, Charlemagne’s), but they seem to run counter to everything I’ve heard preached on MarineOCS.com, which is to max out a lot. I don’t care about my max weighted chin at all, just getting to 20. Any suggestions, especially from Marines?