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Burroughs on SI's fittest list got me thinking about the strength and power levels of our top guys. Spencer Lee has said Dan Dennis could do over 100 pull-ups, which is very hard to believe. I wonder what his training looks like?? I'd love to hear more details of other feats of strength and their training regimens that our board members have heard.

 

 

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Best looking set of pullups I've seen on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFeqGH3fVbs

 

World record is 51 in one minute - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KsEFcvUZqw

 

Daniel Dennis can't do 100 unless his form is total garbage and/or he rests for minutes at a time.  Fact is, it's rare to see anyone do more than 20 real pullups in a row.  30 places you in the top 99.9% of fit people.     

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This guy did his record with a very wide grip, which, I always thought, is much harder.

 

20 is not rare. I could do 20 at age 53.  I'd be shocked it Andrew Howe (just to name one jacked guy) could not do 40.

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Best looking set of pullups I've seen on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFeqGH3fVbs

 

World record is 51 in one minute - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KsEFcvUZqw

 

Daniel Dennis can't do 100 unless his form is total garbage and/or he rests for minutes at a time. Fact is, it's rare to see anyone do more than 20 real pullups in a row. 30 places you in the top 99.9% of fit people.

So would you say then, that with horrible form, it'd be fairly common for elite wrestlers to do 100 pull ups? Spencer Lee also said Dennis could do complete single arm pull-ups as well... I've never seen anyone in my life do one of them. Aside from arguing/disputing claims, any impressive things that you have seen?

 

 

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I saw a guy in high school do what he claimed were 40 pull ups, then I saw another guy do 40 correct pull ups. Two totally different things. The guy who did the correct pull ups actually did 48 and I was totally amazed at the feat.

Aside from attempting to diminish an example I've given, are there any strength feats that come to your mind that you'd like to share?

 

 

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Best looking set of pullups I've seen on YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FFeqGH3fVbs

 

World record is 51 in one minute - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8KsEFcvUZqw

 

Daniel Dennis can't do 100 unless his form is total garbage and/or he rests for minutes at a time.  Fact is, it's rare to see anyone do more than 20 real pullups in a row.  30 places you in the top 99.9% of fit people.     

I can do 12 real pullups (dead hang) in a row, and they are not in my regular workout routine. While I'm in relatively good shape, I am nowhere near the shape of the average D1 wrestler, let alone anywhere near elite. 

 

I think your numbers are a bit low. 

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So would you say then, that with horrible form, it'd be fairly common for elite wrestlers to do 100 pull ups? Spencer Lee also said Dennis could do complete single arm pull-ups as well... I've never seen anyone in my life do one of them. Aside from arguing/disputing claims, any impressive things that you have seen?

 

 

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What I'm saying is that it's not unreasonable to conclude that, absent video to the contrary, Daniel Dennis is unable to double the existing world record. 

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What I'm saying is that it's not unreasonable to conclude that Daniel Dennis is unable to double the existing world record.

The record is 51 in a minute. That isn't the claim here.

 

It is likely hyperbole. I doubt Denis does 100 clean, dead hang pull-ups in a row.

 

I do think he can likely do 40+ straight. I've seen guys do that before. I watched a friend of mine do 35 straight, and he is 170 pounds or so.

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I've always been impressed with guys who could run up a wall and do a back-flip off it.

 

John Iannuzzi of Wisconsin, once upon a time, would cut to 126, but was rumored to bench either 260 + 270 in the off-season.

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I've always been impressed with guys who could run up a wall and do a back-flip off it.

 

John Iannuzzi of Wisconsin, once upon a time, would cut to 126, but was rumored to bench either 260 + in the off-season.

lower weight class and big bench...made me think of Don Rohn. 1973 champ at 134. "Rohn....can bench-press more than 300 pounds"

 

https://www.si.com/vault/1973/03/19/576518/when-the-eagles-crowed

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Daniel Dennis can't do 100 unless his form is total garbage and/or he rests for minutes at a time.  

 

I'm sure they're talking about kipping pull-ups, which are less difficult but which require incredible body control to do properly over high reps. In the competitive fitness world, "strict" pull-ups, kipping pull-ups, and kipping chest-to-bar pull-ups are all performed as separate movements. For reference's sake, some of the lighter world-class crossfit athletes (say, 170 or 180-pound guys), for example, get into the 70s and 80s for unbroken, kipping pull-ups. If Dennis can do 100 of these, it is very impressive indeed.

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I saw a guy in high school do what he claimed were 40 pull ups, then I saw another guy do 40 correct pull ups. Two totally different things. The guy who did the correct pull ups actually did 48 and I was totally amazed at the feat. 

 

Pretty sure Gruenwald could do 100 plus pull ups. He could also do one arm hanging pull ups.... not bracing the arm but literally hanging. Some people just have a talent for such things.   

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