When To Start Weighted Pullups
Once you start adding pullups into your regular workout routines, you should start to see an increase in your max set of pullups fairly quickly. At some point you will probably reach a plateau, or a wall, and that is the time to add weighted pullups to your routine. Now there is really no right time to switch over to weighted pullups, but a good number of bodyweight pullups you should be doing is 10 or more. Once you feel like your progress is slowing, changing to weighted pullups might be exactly what you need to boost your gains.So now the question is what is a weighted pullup? Well its simple: A bodyweight pullup in which you add more weight, as in weight plates or a dumb bell. The weight you can add can range from 5lbs to 200lbs+, that’s up to you, just remember to start small and then increase steadily as you progress. A weighted pullup is performed exactly the same way as you would perform a standard pullup.
The next question is how do I incorporate weighted pullups into my routine? You want to do weighted pullups at least once a week, maybe 2-3 times as you become more experienced. If you have a weightlifting routine then the best day to add weighted pullups, would be the day you work your back. If you are doing bodyweight workouts then add weighted pullups into a workout day, that way you are not doing bodyweight pullups the day before.
So what is better: More reps with less weight or less reps with more weight? Well there are benefits to both. Using more weight will build strength, using less weight will allow you to do more reps which will add to your stamina and endurance. I like to do both. Some sets go heavy, throw some heavy weight on there, and knock out a couple reps. Then for other sets throw a smaller plate on the chain and do max reps with it. There is no wrong way to do them and each workout will help you improve in some way. However, the best way to increase your max bodyweight pullups is to pick a weight that you can do 75% of your max bodyweight reps with. So if your max reps is 20 then add extra weight that will allow you to do 15 and from there try to increase your weighted pullup reps by 1 every workout, till you get to 20. After that, test your max bodyweight reps, and then repeat the process.
Weighted pullups are great and a good change of pace from bodyweight pullups. By adding weighted pullups into your workouts you will build more strength and see an increase in your bodyweight pullups in no time.