How Many Pull Ups To Do A Muscle Up

Fast forward one year. I hadn’t really done the barbell workouts and was sticking to my pull-ups. Too many athletes around me made the move simple, and I just didn’t want to look like a fool again. My internal thought process was “No need to be ashamed, right? I won’t even bother…”

How many pull-ups should I be able to do for my weight

During a pull-up, weight plays a big part in how much I can do. Often heavier people struggle to do high reps unless they’ve spent countless hours lifting weights.

Strength Level, an online website for strength-related calculators and training, provides a well-researched calculator to help you know how many pull-ups you should be able to do for your weight. While there are other pull-up weight calculators out there, this seems to be the most accurate based on studies done comparing reps and weight together.

How much of your body weight do you lift during a pull-up?

A pull-up lifts almost 100% of your body weight. The only body parts you don’t lift are your hands and forearms.

Therefore, doing pull-ups will be much more difficult if you are overweight.


You will have to learn a lot of tricks yourself, but taking the bar with a false grip helps your body pivot on the bar.

Rings allow for a more static approach to muscle up. For many, rings are an easier place to start. Both are worth trying. Learning to build muscle on the rings makes it easier to build muscle on the bar.

Force Required

To perform a muscle-up, both pulling and pushing force are required. So, we would say that if you can do 8 pull-ups and 8 dips in a row, you can start learning the muscle-up! Are you still struggling with pull ups? Then you should check out this blog on how to increase your pull ups. Later in this blog, we’ll give you some exercises you can do to build strength in the pull and dip motion.

The first important piece of advice is that you have to create a swing. Why? Because the goal is to go around the bar and get to the top of the bar. With a swing you can build momentum and move diagonally. Compared to a regular pull-up, you straighten up without rocking. This makes it impossible to go over the bar because you can’t get your elbows around the bar. So:

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