He challenged himself to complete 100 pullups a day for 30 days.
Fitness YouTuber Laurie Shaw recently gave himself a grueling challenge: After trying CrossFit training every single day for a month, he pivoted to a new physical undertaking—trying to knock out 100 pullups a day for 30 days.
“What I want to know is, what really happens to your body after 100 pullups a day for 30 days. That’s 3,000 pullups in one month. Will I really notice a difference?” he says in the intro to his video.
On the first day, Shaw sees how many pullups he can do initially in one set, and he hits 12. He decides to rotate between pullups and chinups to reach his goal of 100 so he doesn’t isolate one muscle group. By 70, he’s struggling.
“This is so much harder than I thought it would be,” he says. He completes them in 43 minutes.
He notices the effects within the first two weeks—after each day, his time improves. “My time between sets is getting shorter and shorter, which is really good,” he says.
By day 10, he’s down to 31 minutes. And by Day 14, he’s down to 24 minutes. He also tests how many pullups he can do in one set and only hits 12, the exact same number he got the first time he did them with no training days.
“That’s not a good sign. I don’t know why that is. Maybe it’s because I haven’t been taking rest days and my muscles are just quite depleted from the last 15 days,” he says.
But by day 16, his time is down to 19 minutes, and hits a PR of 17:28. But after that, his time hovers around the 20 minute mark. “I can’t wait to finish this, to be honest. I can’t wait to see how I perform on day 30. This has been an unreal journey,” he says.
By day 30, he tests his set of reps again, and hits 14—an improvement of two reps.
“I was kind of thinking I could at least get 20 and I can only do two more than when I started? That sucks, man. I should’ve learned from my 30 days of CrossFit challenge, that maybe it’s better to do a day’s rest and then work out, and a day of rest then work out,” he says.
The biggest improvement he noted was the amount of time it took him to complete all 100 pullups. “I can now do 100 pullups in 17:28, (less than) half the time it used to take me. Speed and endurance has definitely increased and got better,” he says.
Finally, he does a side-by-side comparison photo to see if his body changed shape at all.
“As you can see, unfortunately, the truth is I really don’t look that different at all. In fact, I pretty much look exactly the same. I’m just being honest with you guys,” he says.
Author: Emily Shiffer
Source: Men’s Health: Here’s What 3,000 Pullups in One Month Did to This Guy’s Body