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Chin-up tips

» by March 15th, 2008 at 12:05 pm » Comments (14)

I went for a max chin-up attempt the other day and got 11 good reps with the form I was aiming for. Going over 10 reps was a milestone for me as I was stuck on around 7 or 8 for ages! However, once I had broken through that particular plateau, progress was faster and […]

Ring training: getting started

» by January 23rd, 2008 at 8:56 pm » Comments (22)

You don’t have to be able to do muscle-ups and front levers to benefit from training with rings. They make even old favourites like push-ups and dips more challenging because you have to work to stabilise them. You’ll probably be surprised at how much more difficult an exercise can be on the rings – I […]

Pull-ups – example of good form

» by November 6th, 2007 at 5:34 pm » Comments (0)

How to do pull-ups

» by October 31st, 2007 at 10:56 pm » Comments (2)

There is absolutely no reason why you, dear reader, can’t train to do a pull-up. It’s not easy, but it is achievable. Men are usually slightly better equipped for pull-ups as they naturally have more muscle mass and upper body strength but most of them find pull-ups one of the toughest exercises as well. Although […]

Tactical Strength Challenge

» by October 31st, 2007 at 10:34 pm » Comments (1)

I saw a snippet about the Tactical Strength Challenge competition in Ultra Fit magazine. There are three events: deadlift, pull-up and kettlebell snatch. According to the website, the purpose of the Tactical Strength Challenge is to test absolute strength (deadlift), bodyweight-relative strength (pull-ups), and cardiovascular endurance (kettlebell snatches). The three events test a trade-off between […]