Want to work on your pull-ups and widen your lats? The following is a pull-up/back specialization workout called the “Pull-up Potpourri Routine.”
The Potpourri Routine is a forgotten bodybuilding workout that predates the invention of sets. It is the 1920’s version of German Volume Training and was a favorite of John Grimek.. In potpourri training, you perform 10 exercises for a muscle group, but only one set per exercise.
The Potpourri Routine works best as a muscle specialization workout. So if you wanted to bring up the size of a muscle group lagging in size, you could apply this 10 exercises/1 set each method to a muscle group.
The Potpourri Routine lends itself well to pull-ups, since there are so many variations of the movement. Here’s how a Pull-up Potpourri Workout would look:
- Archer pull-up
- High pull-up
- L-sit pull-up
- Commando pull-up
- Wide grip pull-up
- Wide grip chin-up
- Medium grip pull-up
- Medium grip chin-up
- Close grip pull-up
- Close grip chin-up
Keep sets for all other muscle groups down to three. Perform the Pull-up Potpourri Workout once every 5-7 days for a 3-4 weeks. Then follow a low volume decompression program.