Konstantin Konstantinovs

I regularly receive emails from people who believe they are too big for pull-ups. At only around 180 pounds, many don’t want to hear my opinion (stating otherwise). Fortunately, seeing is believing…

Take a look at powerlifter Konstantin Konstantinovs. In the video below, his weight is listed as 122 kg (which converts to approximately 269 pounds).

Not too shabby!

For more inspirational videos, check out his Youtube channel at the link below. His lifting strength will inspire ANYONE with ANY interest in strength.


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  1. Nice one!
    I’m aiming or 40 by June ( bit smaller than Konstantin though ha ha -119lbs ).
    Muscles are willing, hands are shredding.
    Can’t walk past a monkey bar without getting some pull-up practice in (no snow here in Australia!)
    – very addictive : )

  2. awesome. I know many who use there size as a limitation.
    as bruce lee says “if you always put limits on your self, you may as well be dead!”.

    one point tho, is his form ok?

  3. Id be seriously curious to know how many he could do without the wierd body movements. This isnt a criticism I just want to what difference they make.

  4. Hey Ross,

    I’m not sure this guy really proves much in this video b/c he’s kicking with his legs in all of his reps. I’d like to see how many clean, unassisted pull-ups he can do.

  5. Well when I weighed 265 pullups were definetly tougher, now that I’m a svelte 220 they are lots easier. Size doesn’t mean you can’t do pullups, but it at times can be the difference between max strength and endurance. Even though I can now do sets of 10, I still have transitioned to making it an endurance exercise.

  6. I guess I am one of those guys that think that extra weigh makes pullups harder. I still have trouble doing pullups I was wondering if I should continue to do assisted pullups, negative pullups and pull downs?

    please provide some insight if you can…peace and blessings

  7. Praverb – extra weight does make pullups harder but not impossible. I’d say keep working assisted pullups and negatives. Pull downs help some with pullups but are different enough that its better to stick to pullup variations. One interesting method of improving pullups is to use Pavel’s “Grease the Groove” technique – simply doing submax pullups several times a day to program your nervous system and muscle recruitment so that you become more effecient at doing them. Hope this helps.

  8. Depends what kind of extra weight. If you’ve evenly put on muscle mass throughout your body I don’t see your problem. Take Ross as an example, he weighs around 180lbs(90kgs) which is a lot for his height and least to say has no problems with the pull ups and lots of hard varitions for them.

  9. Konstantinovs is an ABSOLUTE monster. Bottom line. Pull-ups are not a judged event. It’s just an exercise. Not many people 100 pounds less could do half the number of reps that he is doing on the bar, with or without the leg swing.

    There is a reason that he’s been a world record holder. His strength is incredible. Just look through some of the lifts on his Youtube channel.



  10. Some may also enjoy this link:


    Bert Assirati was over 250 pounds. He could perform one arm chins, back flips, etc.

    Yuri Vlasov is another huge weightlifter who was known to perform one arm chins. Here is some old footage of him:


    Vasily Alexeev is another name that comes to mind. At 300+ pounds, he was a monster on the pull-up bar. Here is a Youtube video of him:



  11. He’s doing a kipping pull-up, it’s not cheating, it’s a more efficient way to move your body through space. Still has the same range of motion as a strict pullup, but utilizes more muscles.

  12. For those curious about his form, what he is doing is called “kipping”.

    Anyone who does Cross Fit will know what kipping pullups are.

    It’s not better or worse. It’s just another variation on an exercise.

  13. Let’s not turn this into a debate about pull-up variations. I posted this video to inspire others. That’s all. There is no need for a back and forth debate over which form of pull-up is superior. Personally, I’m not a huge kip fan, but that is irrelevant. Konstantinovs is a beast, plain and simple.


  14. I’m definitely not trying to turn this into a debate, but when it comes to pure upper body pulling strength, I don’t feel Konstantinovs is really showing much with the kipping. The kipping definitely reduces the stress on his upper body pulling muscles, so that’s why I’d like to see how many he could do w/o kipping.

    I also don’t deny that the dude’s a beast. And I’m sure there are people who outweigh me (141 lbs.) significantly and can do more non-kipping pull-ups than I can (27 wide-grip). It’s just that that particular video of Konstantinovs doesn’t make a powerful statement about the pull-up ability of larger folks.

    I won’t call kipping pull-ups “cheating,” but I definitely think that the kip reduces the stress on the upper body pulling muscles, making it easier to clear the bar for more reps.

  15. Who cares??? Just do the damn exercise for as many repetitions as possible then post it on the internet so we can debate your non-PC form!!!

  16. Pull ups and rope climbing are a couple of the best exercises for muscular endurance. They don’t produce a bunch of power but the quality of transitioning muscular strength

    He is demanding his body to pull a ton of weight. I do the same but I have to add 45 or 80 pounds of plates.

  17. Like I said before, most grown men who are 100 pounds lighter than Konstantinovs can’t do 55 reps of ANYTHING on the bar. For a man who weighs 270 pounds to do what he is doing on the pull-up bar is DAMN impressive!!! And I don’t say that about much!

    This video was posted here to inspire others, not to turn into a pull-up debate. End of discussion.


  18. Kipping or not, that’s still a good display of pull up strength. Smaller guys have it easier doing pull ups, but being bigger isn’t an excuse not to do pull ups (which was the original point of this blog post).

    I’d have to strap on around 100 lbs of plates to do the equivalent pulls Konstantin is showing. I can’t bang out anywhere near 55 pull ups with that load, even if I were kicking/swinging my way up. That dude is strong.

  19. Thanks for posting this, Ross. I’m a bigger guy (240 pounds now, was 260 at one point) and really struggled with pull-ups for a while. At first, I bought into the whole “big guys can’t do pull-ups thing.”

    Thankfully, I’ve since realized that’s a load of bull and can now do about 12 pull-ups. I don’t think I’ll ever top Konstantinovs’ effort, but I’m looking forward to trying!

  20. This guy’s a beast for sure! Doing 55 kippers is alot more stressing on the body in terms of muscle mechanics and cardio which is probably why he’s doing kippers in the first place!
    I’m going to take a lesson from this guy and start doing kippers…maybe it’ll improve my traditional pull-up?LOL

  21. Size doesn’t matter. I am a newbie and I can do 20+ pull ups at 230lbs and I only do resistance training twice a week. Dude is a monster!

  22. Absolutely amazing, genetic freak who has trained intensely. That said, no way he does that many pull ups without the swing. He’s gathering momentum that enables him to swing up a little bit. It almost looks a little bit like the male gymnasts on the high bar who do that little extra mini swing before they pull themselves up, or start a loop. Still amazingly impressive for anyone, not to mention a guy of his size, but don’t fool yourself into thinking he could do that without swinging

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