November 01, 2004
Last winter we challenged the message board crew to drive towards 40+ pullups by September '04. After a couple of deadline extensions the contest officially ended with seven winners – Lynne Pitts, Kelly Moore, Aaron Fisher, Adam Walinsky, Larry Lindenman, Ryan Atkins, and Graham Hayes. Each received a CrossFit Champion T-shirt.
From a contest intended to demonstrate that the secret to high rep pull-ups is desire and that all methods couple successfully with desire, here are Larry Lindenman and Lynne Pitts recounting their paths to success.
"My pull-up challenge started when the contest was first posted. I had been completing the Workout of the Day since September 2003. I have been doing the WOD, as written, with no modifications, since February 2004. Along the way I have picked up or made every piece of equipment necessary to stock a Crossfit Gym, except I still substitute towel chins for rope climbs and I haven't purchased a GHR bench yet. I am a 43 year old police officer, with approximately 20 years of weight training experience and 37 years of athletic experience. I rockclimb and teach and practice martial arts. I am currently 6'0", 200 lbs, approximately 6-7 % bodyfat.