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7 Weeks to 50 Pull-Ups: Strengthen and Sculpt Your Arms, Shoulders, Back, and Abs by Training to Do 50 Consecutive Pull-Ups Paperback – May 20, 2011

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Brett Stewart is a personal trainer and writer. He lives in Phoenix, AZ.
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Ulysses Press; 1 edition (May 20, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1569759219
  • ISBN-13: 978-1569759219
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 7 x 9 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #136,318 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm that fat kid in gym class who can't do a single pull-up.
I'm the 30 year old overweight smoker who gets winded walking up a flight of stairs.
I'm an Ironman finisher, ultramathoner, fitness model & author.

I know what it feels like to be picked last in sports, get laughed at by classmates (and my p.e. teacher) during the Presidential Fitness Test and be content with being overweight and unhappy with my appearance.

My goal is to show others how energizing and exciting getting fit can be with easy-to-use and fun programs.

Brett Stewart is a NCCPT Certified Personal Trainer, fitness coach, triathlete and marathoner living (and training) in Phoenix, Arizona

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I was eagerly looking forward to the program because I wanted to get my pullup strength back. I completed P90X a couple of years ago and my biggest strength loss since then was in pullups. I took the test at the beginning of the book and did 7 pullups which put me in Phase 1. However I was unable to complete the week 1 day 1 workout. I came close but no cigar. I did exactly as the book specified (do nothing on the off days, only do the pullup program 3 days a week, wait at least 60 seconds between sets). Finally after 2 solid weeks I was able to get through the Week one day 1 program. It has taken me another 2 weeks and I still can't get all the way through week 1 day 2 , even when waiting 90 seconds between sets. So I am 4 weeks into the program and still trying to get through week 1. I am wondering if because I am older (I am 53) that I need more recovery days. I am going to stick with the program, I just think the title is very misleading.

UPDATE July 29, 2011-- After 7 weeks of the Phase 1 7 week program, I never made it past week 1 , day 2. After 7 weeks of this, I can now do 9 pullups. I am happy with the improvement and feel stronger but my improvement is miniscule compared to what others (especially the author!)have achieved. It is going to take a lot more than 7 more weeks (if ever) to get me to 15. This is an example of not everyone responding identically to the same program. It is not a bad program (hence my 3 star review) but be aware that your results my vary.
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This is a great book but it is definitely not for beginners. I am in the USMC and we need 20 pull ups for a perfect score. I have routinely scored in the 16-20 range but I have never been able to consistently nail 20.

I started with Phase I, week 4 and today I just started Phase II Week 2. I have kept up with every workout but I barely completed todays workout and looking ahead, I might need a few extra rest days in order to get through some of the sets.

This is a great book but I think that the "50 pull ups in 7 weeks" is extremely misleading. I have been doing pull ups for over 3 years and haven't broken 22. There is no magical book that is going to double my pull ups in 7 weeks but I feel like I am well on my way! I am going to write another review in a month to further document my progress.
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Let me first establish my basis for reviewing this book. As a former active duty and now retired soldier, I've used pull ups (with push ups and parallel bar dips) for 25 years in my personal fitness program. I also coach high school cross country and track which was why I was interested in this book. I wanted to learn how to train kids who were unable to do even one pull up.
Let me first address the unfortunate title of the book that is why I will not award this book a 5 star rating. I suspect the title was the decision of the publisher's marketing department, targeting the larger, inexperienced/unsophisticated market segment that seeks instant (7 weeks!!!) results. The schedules in the book prescribe two 7-week phases to achieve the stated 50 pull-ups goals, and a 5-week prep course for the upper-body-strength challenged. However, I doubt the title goal of 50 pull-ups in even 19 weeks is realistic. After 25 years of doing an arduous regime of pull ups (parallel bar dips and push ups) in circuit training format, and never scoring less than a max on the Army physical fitness test, I would be challenged to do 30, much less 50 consecutive pull-ups. Nowhere in the book does Brett Stewart, the author, establish the credibility of his 50 pull-up goal. Something like "after training hundreds of clients in the past 10 years with this program, I've achieved a 95% success rate," is needed. Lacking that, I recommend that the title be changed to something like "The Pull-Up Book".
With that objection out of the way, there is much to be recommended about the book. As the author points out, pull-ups are efficient, and require no special training or significant investment in equipment.
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I have completed the 100 push ups in 7 weeks in the same series, and found the pushup title to be more truthful and possible. I went form about 40 to 102 in 7 weeks so I did prove to myself that I could do it. So I bought this book with similar hopes. . . . . First, 0 to 50 in 7 weeks is probably impossible. I started at 6 and ended up with 16 after 7 weeks; I also found that the jumps in weeks are almost impossible.

Consider that in Week 4 there are sets of 8, 10, 6, 6, 2; then 11, 6, 8, 6, 2; and then finally 10, 10, 10, 2. A hard week for most people; however, the jump to Week Five is very steep: 10, 9, 9, 7, 6; then 11, 10, 9, 7 , 5; and finally 14, 12, 11, 7.

In week 4 about 32 pull ups a session, in week 5 about 41--10 seems like a large amount to bridge in one week (I won't give any more of the program away so don't ask because I do believe that the author has a right to sell his program).

At week 5 I never did get to the final set; I hit 14, 12, 9, 6 after two weeks of repeating the week.

So now that we know 50 in 7 weeks is difficult, if not impossible, why not re-title the book to be honest. I think that 7 months to 50 pull ups, might be possible, if you insist on keeping the 7, but a year would be more realistic; you could divide up the lesson plans into months where the goal is the next increment of 5 or 10. Three weeks on, one week rest/taper with a final pull up test at the end.

Something like: 10, 20, 30, 35, 40, 45, and finally 50.

Maybe I'll write the next version of this book because the above sounds like an honest and legit idea to me. I'm starting my own program tomorrow.
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