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Changing Things Up With The 20 Rep Pull-up Challenge

pull-up (1)I’ve always been one to look for new way to improve my strength and conditioning. Since this is a vertical jump site, as you might expect, my lower body seems to be disproportionately stronger than my upper body.

With that in mind, I’ve set out to find a workout solution that will help me quickly build strength and endurance without adding too much extra weight. As a basketball player managing your weight is critical to maintaining your jumping ability.

I’ve decided that I’m going to follow a specific program that’s designed to help you get to 20 pull-ups. If you’re interested in trying it for yourself you can find it here. I believe this program has been around since 2009, but this is my first time trying it out.

Something that surprised me is that the workouts are actually pretty short and you only need to do them 3 times per week. That’s definitely manageable! This setup should allow the body to get used to doing pull-ups without causing overtraining.

Here’s a video of a guy who followed the program. I think he actually does 32 reps in the video. Nice!

Rock Climbing to Stay in Shape

The thing that actually motivated me to try the 20 rep pull-up challenge was that I started rock climbing with a few of my friends. At the moment, I’m going to an indoor climbing gym that has some nice 80 foot walls. If you’re interested go to Google and search for “indoor rock climbing” or something like that. Google should give you locations on a map if there are any in your area.

indoor-rock-climbingRock climbing is not something that had really crossed my mind until my friend invited me along. To tell you the truth, it’s actually pretty addicting. It’s a really great feeling when you finally get to the top of a new route. The rocks are set up in routes that you follow which provides an easy way to monitor your performance and progress. Each route is usually labeled with a level of difficulty which is nice, too.

If you’re looking for a good way to stay in shape I would definitely try to find an indoor rock climbing facility near you. It’s an awesome way to train your entire body and build up some endurance.

Also, don’t forget to take the 20 rep pull-up challenge. I’ll update all of you in the coming months with my results. I’m hoping it will benefit my climbing abilities as well.