I got stuck on weighted pullups today(tried 3x5 with 3 extra pounds). It was 5/5/2. I rested 5 minutes in between sets. I started weighted pullups Tuesday and completed the 5/5/5 with 2 extra pounds (although the last set was hard) and same amount of rest between sets. Ideally, I'd like to continue training weighted pullups 3 times a week.

I kept my diet the same(if anything I lost weight) 23,5" 11',M,157 pounds

Do I need to decrease rest time? How do I get better at this and still keep frequency the same or do I need to increase frequency? Do I need to increase volume? Should I just progress slower, at 0.5 pounds?

Sorry for the dumb question. Not a repeat question, I'm not going for a one-arm pullup.

  • That question, although titled similarly, is about going after one arm pullups. That's a different progression path and all the answers speak to that.
    – Eric
    Commented Dec 31, 2015 at 17:47

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Pullups are like any other compound exercise like the squat, deadlift, overhead press, or lunge.

I think you should start familiarizing yourself with overload programming. Basically, the question you're asking "how do I get stronger?" has been asked many times before and there are solid answers that are time proven. There are also a lot of people wasting time by not using a good program. This includes routines you put together yourself and that are available in most magazines.

Rather than attempt to one-up world famous coaches, I'll layout the Starting Strength Novice Program:


  • 3x5 Squat
  • 3x5 Bench press / Press (Alternating)
  • Chin-ups: 3 sets to failure or add weight if completing more than 15 reps



  • 3x5 Squat
  • 3x5 Bench Press / Press (Alternating)
  • Pull-ups: 3 sets to failure or add weight if completing more than 15 reps

I don't think anyone is going to be able to give you a program different from above that will make you stronger in any given amount of time. I'm assuming this is related to your previous question about weighted pullups.

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