Congratulations! You made it through. Hopefully, you’ve learned something in this series to do with pull-ups and how to start getting stronger with your upper-body.
Let’s run through a quick summary and checklist of the highlights.
The most important concepts
If there is anything that you should take away from this course, it is the following things in the following list.
1. Technique trumps all.
Technique and mechanics are the number one thing you should absolutely make sure you are doing right. If you’re not, then fix it now.
2. Current Ability.
You need to know what you are able to do right now before you can make a plan or a goal. If you have no idea of your current ability, now is the time to find out.
If you don’t have a plan (even a simple one), you’re just guessing. This will work for a short period of time and then that’s it. Plans are what separates the amateurs from the professionals.
4. Pre and Post.
Joint mobility, warming up, assistance work, cooling down, stretching and myofascial release are just as important, if not more than the training.
To be injury free and last for years to come, you can’t neglect this stuff. You just can’t. It’s either this or injury, rehab and surgery.
One of the most fundamental aspects that are missing from most people’s training is fun. If you’re not enjoying it then it’s not sustainable and won’t last. It needs to be something you look forward to doing every time.
You’ll have up and down days, but overall, the experience should be one of pleasure.
Throughout the series, I’ve linked to a few different external resources, but here are a few that I highly recommend you check out if you haven’t already.
As an extra note, if you get the chance to go to one of Julien Pineau’s seminars, do it. It’s well worth the money and will teach you a great deal about his systems of training, how to decide exercises, torque and much more.
Finally, have a read of Mark Rippetoe’s ‘Starting Strength’ and ‘Practical Programming’. Both have invaluable knowledge on strength training.
So there you are. You should have everything you need to take on the beast of pull-ups and start getting stronger.
So the big question is what’s the next thing you want to overcome?