When it comes to the Military, Pull-ups are the ultimate show of upper body strength. Over the next few days I'm going to go over some quick tips that you guys can start utilising today.
1.) Work on your grip:
A. How can you expect to perform 20+ pullups if you can't even hold onto the bar for the time it takes. Make sure you practice hanging with two arms first. Then progress into one arm hangs. Set your self a time and aim to beat it.
B. Perform Farmers walks to build up your grip strength and improve shoulder stability.
C. Throw a towel over the bar and perform pull-ups holding on to each end. This mimics the grip that you will use when rope climbing and builds up great strength in your fingers and wrists.
D. Perform plate pinches. Grab a 22lb plate on the outer edge and squeeze it between your thumb and fingers. If you can hold it for more than 60 seconds, increase the weight. If you're using steel plates, an alternative is to use lighter weights but grab 3 plates then you really have to focus on squeezing them hard otherwise the middle plate will drop.
Give these a go and let me know how you get on.