I love pull-ups and have always been able to do them for reps or max weight, BUT, I have to say that as the weight increases, the form can easily go down hill. Everyone is different and I personnaly have to make the pullup a FEEL movement rather than a power movement to move heavy weight if my goal is hypertrophy.[/quote]
I agree with this 100 percent.
I have done heavy pullups, going up to 115-125 for reps, but my form hasn’t been spot on.
I get much more out of bringing my chest all the way to the bar or doing sternum chinups where your body becomes almost 45 degrees to the floor using either my bodyweight or 25-45 added pounds than I did out of doing them where just my chin went over…but, then again, it’s always fun to strap a ton of weight on and do some pullups : ).[/quote]
This is the difficult part I find. Getting the right balance between the two, the weight vs. feel. As a point of reference:
I can do about BW+45lbs for 3-4 reps (not the greatest form) As well as BW for 23 reps (form is strict but “fighting” by the end). If this were a pressing muscle there would be no question; I would just go heavy, for 3-5 reps per set, ramping until I hit my max. I find that pulling muscles aren’t that simple, as the fatique, and the subsequent form, deteriorate the effectiveness of the set. I was just seeing if anyone had the same problem and found something that worked for them.
So far I’ve tried this.
Typical raming scheme
Problem: by the time I hit the max weight my lats are way too fatigued. I’ve tried bigger jumps but that doesn’t help.
Same weight each set, progressing when the a certain amount of total reps is achieved in a limted number of sets.
Problem: usuallt the last few sets are like one rep each and I don’t really feel the muscle working.
Same weight each set, progressing when the a certain amount of total reps is achieved in a limted amount of time:
Problem: This would seem like the best opstion, but 90% of the time I’m working in with a guy who’s using a cable machine. Not having the pullup bar to myself is sort of annoying with this kind of thing.
With every other exercise i understand how to perform it to give me the desired result, It’s just this one exercise.
Anyways I appreciate the input and will keep experimenting but if anyone has any input I would like to hear.