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17 responses

  1. Joe

    I use to think all Marines can do 20, but now I know better.

    August 2, 2011 at 18:13

  2. This is the best thing for pull ups http://www.chicagomarineofficer.com/Downloads/PT/thearmstrongworkout.pdf its called the Arm Strong pull up Program

    August 3, 2011 at 12:11

  3. Ethan

    im at 17 pull ups. I dont believe this part of the PFT is to difficult but i also i am also lightweighted. My advice is if you have a pull up bar at home, use it every time you get a chance. Do them when you wake up, when you go to bed, after you take a shower…basically any spare time you have. I dont have a pull up bar at my house so i just go to the gym every day. When ever i hit the gym, my primary goal is to do pull ups consistantly throughout the workout ( about an hour or 2). I would reccomend anyone to get a pullup bar that will fit in a door. Again, i dont have one but i know you will see significant improvement.

    August 3, 2011 at 12:22

  4. Gor

    Gor Mnjoyan My average overhand( the hard pull ups) was probably 5. Underhand was about 12. My tip is very simple, repetition. Try doing as many pull ups as you can a few times a day, and you will see results. I’ve been doing pull ups for a few days straight and now my overhand(hard pull ups) go up to about 12. Another tip is, change your grips to wide or narrow, you’ll be surprised at how comfortable you’ll get after getting used to it. Also, since you use back muscles for overhand, a good pull up to get your back strong is called a chin up, but you put your hands in the middle of the pull up bar right next to each other(its the concept of the diamond push up) so when your hands are next to each other, and you do a pull up, you should feel your back muscles tense. And that’s one thing that has helped me.

    August 3, 2011 at 13:04

  5. pyramids(1,2,3,4,5,4,3,2,1), weight pull ups(once i got to 5), push ups, and PATIENCE did wonders for me. Just do them it’s the only way you can get better

    August 3, 2011 at 13:17

  6. Gianni

    guess just keep practicing when i first met my recruiter he was really blown that i couldn’t do a pull up just keep trying if u can’t reach the bar practice hanging or get a stool or chair and lay the top part of ur feet on the seat and pull urself up and slowly go down

    August 3, 2011 at 14:03

  7. kach

    put a pull up bar in ur room (for about 15$) and do as many as u can everyday

    August 3, 2011 at 18:56

  8. kach

    i did that and got 22

    August 3, 2011 at 18:57

  9. Trey

    What got me doing 24 pull ups was just doing pull ups. like 3 days a week do 75 pull ups a day. do as many as you can untill you reach 75.

    August 3, 2011 at 21:25

  10. Jesse

    Best advice I have for improving pull ups is to work on them often and do as many as you can until you just cant force your self to get another one, and then have someone spot you and make you work for some more.

    August 4, 2011 at 00:12

  11. Joey

    Buy a cheap pullup bar at walmart and hang it in your room and do some pullps every day. That is what worked for me.

    May 29, 2013 at 19:22

  12. Chris Shirley

    Can you do the pull ups with your palms facing you for Marine Recon?

    October 16, 2013 at 14:27

    • Either way is fine. Just do them which ever ways is easiest for you.

      October 18, 2013 at 09:29

  13. Josh Jordan

    As a current poolee, when I first joined back in June 2014, I was doing bout 7-8 pull ups. After being in a car accident in July, I had to start at 0 and work my way up. Ammo can lifts definitely helped me to build the strength back in my arms. Also if you have a weight vest or even a backpack that you can put some weight in to cause “resistance” this will also help a lot.

    September 23, 2014 at 22:41

  14. Quigs

    20140706 was the day I went through MEPS, there I did 11 pull ups and 55 crunches weighing in at 130 pounds. Now, just shy of 4 months later I am maxing out pull ups and sit ups with a 9:45 run weighing in at 137 pounds. In that time I ran 5 days out of the week for 2 miles or so, and did upper body workouts every other day such as ammo can lifts, pull ups, and diamond push ups. Just keep active, and make sure you are doing pull ups the easiest way possible which will yield a higher count. Bang them out as fast as you can, tilt your head back, and drop like a rock as soon as your chin is even with the bar. Good luck and train hard.

    October 25, 2014 at 22:09

  15. Luke

    I have been doing push-ups and my maximum amount of pull-ups almost everyday. I haven’t seen much improvement so I was wondering what else I can do to improve the number of pull-ups I can do.

    November 9, 2014 at 08:31

    • Just follow some of the tips and advice in this page and maybe try the “Advanced” section in this site.

      November 15, 2014 at 07:55

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