Athlete Rankings: Max Pullups

July 8, 2009 6:00 PM

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gillian_dl.jpgIn an April 2003 CrossFit Journal article on pullups, Greg Glassman says, "Every personal best pull-up is an event worthy of celebration. You're going to live to be 100 but you'll not get that many pull-ups, so treat the new ones like birthdays."

Looking at the rankings for max pull-ups, we notice that Chris Spealler has proven him wrong. He recently knocked out 106 without getting off the bar. His closest competitors are Josh Everett and Pat Barber with 65 each.

See the CrossFit Journal for the free full story on Speal's Quest for 100 Pull-ups. For a shorter version of just the 106 pull-ups, watch this video ... [wmv] [mov]

Gillian Mounsey takes this category for the females with 51 straight pullups. Kim Malz takes second with 49.

Pullup Rankings - [Male] [Female]

12 comments on this entry.

1. Mike M wrote...

July 8, 2009 7:32 PM

Don't get me wrong Speal is a beast and one of my fav Crossfitters and my odds on favorite to win the 09 games, but the you can't count half of those as pull-ups his chin was barely clearing the bar.

Great effort for what it was but that was not 100 pull-ups.


July 8, 2009 9:35 PM

Mike, my understanding of legitimate chin ups is that all the chin has to do is......barely clear the bar.

On a different note, how will it be possible for anyting other than injury to prevent Gillian from winning the female competition.

She is top 5 in every category. She's going to smoke it

3. Jason wrote...

July 9, 2009 6:24 AM

Mike "chin barely clearing the bar" Man, that's all he had to do. Clear the bar with his chin and it counted.

Are you thinking of the games standard from last year when it was chest to bar?

4. Shane S replied to comment from Mike M...

July 9, 2009 6:52 AM

Mike, Chris can beat any of the competitors at any type of pullup -- kipping chin over bar, kipping chest to bar, L-Pullup, deadhang...who knows, probably thigh-slapping L-Pullups too !

July 9, 2009 7:18 AM

From the Crossfit Journal entry dated April 2003.

"The requirements for the Crossfit pull-up are simple yet tough to execute. The pull-up begins from a hang at full arm and shoulder extension and ends, regardless of grip, with the chest pressed tightly to the bar. Pulling the chest to the bar is very hard but encourages full opening the chest and pulling the shoulders back or closing the back. In the early stages of developing a pull-up it is acceptable to bring the adam's apple to the bar instead of the chest."

It is clear that the original Crossfit requirement is chest to bar. Crossfit always talks about full ROM let's adhere to it people.

Again tremendous effort Speal. I take nothing away from what you accomplished other than the semantics of the exercise being executed.

6. Jason wrote...

July 9, 2009 7:59 AM

Mike, that is correct, old and not the current standard though. Yes in 03 and last years games it was C2B. It currently is chin over bar. By current pullup standards every one of Speals reps counted. In any case bring on the games folks this is going to be outstanding.

7. Mike M replied to comment from Jason...

July 9, 2009 10:17 AM

Jason -

If that is an old standard please produce the document that states the 03 journal entry is incorrect clarifies what the new standard is and will happily stop performing CTB pull-ups.

8. Mike M wrote...

July 9, 2009 10:27 AM

I also find it humorous that the top of this post references the same article I did for to pull Coaches comment about no one reaching the 100 pull-ups but they left the standard ROM out.

9. nick williams wrote...

July 9, 2009 5:29 PM


life's too short mate.

10. ddziabenko wrote...

July 9, 2009 7:06 PM

I'd be interested to know how many deadhang pullups Chris can get, so these numbers aren't just Crossfit specific. Still, very impressive.

11. Alfie wrote...

July 10, 2009 11:21 AM

Russell Berger reported 56 chest-to-bar pull-ups. Most impressive.

12. David S wrote...

July 11, 2009 3:44 PM

Sorry, I watched that video a few times and after 10 there were very few that went chin to bar (quite a few that were eye to bar at best). I was/am under the impression that a standard pullup that mid-neck to bar is the minimum. Since most of you are convinced Chris is the 2nd coming - the video should support the claims and quite frankly this one does not. If you doubt it try watching the video... Sorry again. Myself, I can only get 20. He looks strong and can probably get a high number of "real pull ups"....