Chin Ups For Days

Literally. Chin ups for days.

What does that even mean? I’ll tell you what that means.

Every day of July, I’m going to do at least the number of chin ups for the corresponding day. For instance, on Monday, the 1st of July, I did at least one chin up. Yesterday, I did at least 2 (I actually only did 3…but it’s more than 2!) I will continue this until the very last day of the month, at which point I will be doing at least 31 chin ups in one day.


31 chin ups? That’s pretty crazy right? Of course it is, and I obviously don’t expect to be doing that many unasissted. My plan is to complete as many unassisted chin ups as possible each day, and then finish out that day’s number with assisted (using my resistance band hooked onto my pull up bar). As I get to the higher numbers, I’ll break them up into small sets throughout the day most likely, but I will complete all reps, every day.

Why am I doing this?

Because I’ve totally slacked on my chin up/pull up progress over the past few months. I need to get back into it, and what better way than progressing myself towards 31 chin ups in one day? My record for unassisted chin ups is 6, although right now I’m at 4 because I’ve been slacking. My hope is that by the end of this month, I’ll be able to consistently do 8-10 unassisted chin ups in one set.

Notice also that I said at least the number of the corresponding day. If I want to do 30 chin ups tomorrow, I will (I mean, I probably won’t, but still…). As with any big lift, consistency is key. And if I want to keep building on my progress, I don’t want to slack on these first few days just because I can. I’ll most likely try to bang out at least as many unassisted ones as I can a few times throughout the day, and then settle into the actual numbers around the 10th. Or maybe sooner.

So who wants to join me? Who wants to increase their chin ups, or maybe even get their first unassisted chin up? All you need is regular access to a pull up bar (you really should have one in your house by now, silly), and a resistance band to help you along the way should you need it.

And I’ll share a little secret with you as well: August is going to be for traditional pull ups. BOOM. Talk about a challenge. 

If you accept this challenge, tweet about it! I’ll use the hashtag #chinupsfordays to tweet about my progress, and you should too!

Hooray for summer challenges!

If you need more reasons to join this challenge, here you go:

1. Being able to do unassisted chin ups makes you badass.

2. This will really come in handy during the zombie apocalypse.

3. Guys dig chicks who do chin ups. And vice versa. And chicks probably dig chicks that can do them… and guys… you know. I could keep going here. Point is, people dig other people who can do chin ups.

4. Your shoulders will look fantabulous.

5. Need I say it again? Being able to do chin ups is bad ass. You do want to be bad ass don’t you?

So go do some. And tweet about it. #chinupsfordays

Let’s Go!

8 thoughts on “Chin Ups For Days

  1. Already tackling planking / abs and a crap ton of squats for this month, but you go on with your fine chin up self. I’m rooting for you.

  2. No way I can do a chin up or a pull up. Even after 9 months of crossfit. Total bummer.

    1. Chin ups and pull ups are HARD!! There is no shame in not being able to do them yet. You could try this challenge, but do them all assisted with a band, and by the end of the month I bet you’d get your first unassisted chin up! Repetition and determination pay off eventually! 🙂

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