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Diesel Strength Challenge #2 – 10 Pull-ups with Hold for Time


Diesel Strength Challenge – 10 Pull-ups with Hold for Time

Here is the second Diesel Strength Challenge. Watch the video below and film your submission this week. Make sure you put your best effort forward. You’ll probably want to film a few takes in case one attempt is better than the other.

This was my first attempt and I was rushed for time as you can see from me rushing the intro 🙂

Try it a few times and as always get creative!

I was so blown away from the first Diesel Challenge – Most Push-ups in 1 Minute – that I am expecting big things for this challenge.

Remember, each submission will be voted on by the community. When all of the submissions are posted, cast your vote in the comments section.

Show some personality in the videos and use the best technique possible.


March 5, 2011 – you must have your email to me with the link to the video to [email protected] AND provide the duration of your effort in min:sec.

Here Are The Rules:


Film the challenge.

Rule 1: Must perform FULL range pull-ups
Rule 2: After 10th rep, must hold with your chin above the bar for as long as possible. I understand that the camera angle might be hard to capture this, so it is on the honor system.
Rule 3: Use good form and no kipping of the legs
Rule 4: Submit by 3/5/2011


Upload to your Youtube channel and use the correct title and keywords:

The title of the Video must be: (copy & paste this) – Strength Challenge – 10 Pull-ups With Hold for Time

Keywords should be “diesel strength challenge”


Submit your video link to [email protected]


After your video is submitted, I will make a post on Diesel and the whole community will vote. They will vote in the comments and that will determine the winner. If there is a tie, I will be the tie breaker.

How to Judge


Since all of you will be judging all of the submissions, I wanted to give you some criteria to help you choice your picks for each challenge.


1. Who did the challenge the best overall?

2. Who had the best form for the strength exercise?

3. Who showed the most personality?

4. Who gave it their all? (the winner doesn’t have to be the one who did the longest hold for time, it could be the person you think tried their best)

5. Who followed all of the rules the best?

Prize for This Challenge

Your choice of any Diesel product!

By on February 27th, 2011


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Comments (18)

  1. Posted by - Scott Jones on February 27, 2011

    Looks good, Jim. I can’t participate (don’t ask), but I am enjoying your challenge. It’s a neat idea, and good luck.

  2. Posted by - Brad Turk on February 27, 2011

    Good work Smitty!

  3. Posted by - Annie on February 27, 2011

    I don’t think I can do 10 full pull-ups in a row! I can try my darnest! What would I do then? Do my max then take a pause, continue til 10 and then hold?

    • Posted by - Smitty on February 27, 2011



      This is YOUR challenge. You can make it anything you want. My video and demo is just a baseline.

      I will answer your question more in detail in a newsletter, because if you have the question, others might too!

      Thanks and I look forward to your video!


  4. Posted by - Adrienne on February 27, 2011

    So glad you guys did a relative strength challenge – I’m uploading a first attempt now – it was done in a public park so OF COURSE some kid and his mom walk up at the last bit and stare while I’m trying to stay above the bar! HAHAHA! May try this again from my friends’ backyard!

  5. Posted by - William Borde-Perry on February 28, 2011

    Hey Smitty,
    Thanks for the compliments on my last vid This vid you submitted was closer to chin-ups…Are chinups allowed? THanks! Will.

  6. Posted by - Clement on February 28, 2011

    These are neutral grip pull-ups, smitty. are they allowed in the contest?

    I’m going to try my hand at this challenge!

    • Posted by - Smitty on February 28, 2011

      Of course brother, this is your challenge. Make it your own!

  7. Posted by - Jon Maron on February 28, 2011

    Was that yes to neutral grip, chin ups, or both?

    • Posted by - Smitty on February 28, 2011

      Yes to any variation or combination you want to use.

  8. Posted by - William Borde-Perry on March 3, 2011

    who won the last push up challenge?

  9. Posted by - E_P_C on March 5, 2011

    when is the cutoff

    midnight of the 5th or midnight of the 4th?

    • Posted by - Smitty on March 5, 2011

      I didn’t specify anything except for today, so I would say midnight tonight (3/5). If you film an update, just email it to me and I’ll update your video, thanks!

  10. Posted by - Extremistpullup on March 5, 2011

    Where can I view all the submitted videos for the 10 pullups and hold contest

  11. Posted by - Emil Justo on March 6, 2011

    Good work Smitty. Love the challenges!

  12. Posted by - William Borde-Perry on March 6, 2011

    Thanks for the challenges, Smitty. These are aweseom!!! Keep coming up with more awesome ideas!

  13. Posted by - Randall Spaulding on March 7, 2011

    My kids get into it they ended up counting it wass great thank you very much. Best of luck to everyone. Randall Spaulding won that one. So many inspiring videos. Great job TO EVERYONE.

  14. Posted by - Kima on March 7, 2011

    I voted for Randall Spaulding for the 10 pull ups with a hold.

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