150 Pull-Ups: The 10 (now 12) x 15 Workout!


Last updated on January 4, 2020. Originally published on January 3, 2017.

I started doing pull-ups seriously in 2012 as I was approaching my 40th birthday. I had created a personal challenge that included 25 consecutive pull-ups, and after achieving that, I just kept on going.

For the last couple of years, my standard pull-up routine has consisted of about 10 sets, generally 10-15 repetitions per set. I start each set every 3 minutes, meaning I usually have approximately a 2:30 break in between each one. I vary things up here and there, but this is the basic idea. I generally train every other day, though there were periods in 2016 when I trained every day, or even two times per day.

1,800 Pull-Ups in 5 Hours

I reached the 10x15 milestone on April 14, 2016 and I'm happy that my girlfriend was around to capture the 10th and last set. Here it is:

150 Pull-Ups: The 10x15 Workout

- 10 sets of 15 repetitions

- 3 minutes in between the start of each set

12x15: A New Personal Best!

February 15, 2018 - Loyola University Chicago

From my Instagram Post: I was thinking of taking the day off entirely until I saw Dominick Thomson's post this morn about the "Eat What Elephants Eat" t-shirt. I got all fired up, donned my Crazies and Weirdos wear, and busted out a new high for this regular endurance workout of mine: 12 sets of 15 repetitions. Thanks for the inspiration Dominick! 🌱👊🌱

180 Pull-Ups: The 12x15 Workout

- 12 sets of 15 repetitions

- 3 minnutes in between the start of each set

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