Winners of the Dead-Hang Pull-up Competition

pull-up competition

Welcome to the first Fitstream competition ever!

This is going to be the first of many, where we'll be dishing out top equipment to winners taking part in our strength and fitness challenges and posting the results on our blog and Fitstream Facebook page.

... and which better exercise to start with for our first comp than the mighty pull-up! Here are the rules and the prizes up for grabs -

Participants will be competing to perform the most deadhang pull-ups. There are three classes available - Men's, Women's, and 18's and Under.

We've partnered with Astone Fitness to bring you our first place prize for the men's competition - The Human Trainer, providing you with the ultimate bodyweight training system. Urban sportswear brand fizzYcaL is contributing the prizes for the women's and 18's and Under classes. 

Competition sponsors:

Competition sponsors

Men's Prizes

Women's Prizes

18's and Under Prizes

Competition rules:

  • All videos must be titled: "Fitstream Dead-Hang Pull-Up Competition 2012" and competitors must state their full name and country in the video write-up.
  • The video must clearly show the date at the beginning of the attempt (e.g. on mobile phone / newspaper).
  • Video must be filmed from the front position and clearly show the full body in view.
  • Grip used must be overhand grip / pull-up grip only (palms facing outwards).
  • Competitor must start with a one second deadhang before the first rep and the words "one second" must be called out.
  • Hands to be placed slightly wider than shoulder width apart (extra wide grip is not allowed).
  • Both hands are to stay on the bar throughout the whole set (no holding with one arm to let the other recover)
  • Arms must fully lock out at the bottom of the exercise and competitor must say the words "One Second" before performing the next rep. Shoulders must come to a relaxed state at the bottom - thus creating the "Dead-Hang" position.
  • Chin must cross the bar at the top position.
  • No kipping / leg kicking.
  • Winner is the person who performs the most reps.
  • In the event of a tie - the video submitted first will be awarded the prize.

Entries and judging:

  • Videos must be uploaded to YouTube (or other video sites e.g. Vimeo) and added to the Facebook Event Page where they will be approved at the judges discretion.
  • Contest will be judged by Fitstream athletes Lee & Jay (what they say goes).
  • All approved entries will be posted on our Facebook pull-up event page and on this blog post.
  • The contest will begin January 1st and run until February 12th - so plenty of time to get that pull-up training in!

* In the event of any winners residing in Outer Mongolia or other such regions outside of Europe, Fitstream reserve the right to pay you the monetary equivalent of the prize via PayPal.

Fitstream Athlete Lee Wade Turner demonstrates the Dead-Hang Pull-up permitted for the competition below:

...and here's the top prize The Human Trainer in action -

Fitstream Athletes and competition judges Lee Wade Turner and Jay 'KillingGravity' pictured below - 

Lee and Jay


The first Fitstream competition has now ended and we'd like to thank everyone who took part and those that helped to promote it.

The competition challenged participants to videoing the most dead-hang pull-ups, which ran for six weeks and took entries via YouTube. There were three classes available for men's, women's and 18's and under.

Well done to all the winners - there were some super-human efforts and participants showed great spirit and camaraderie. It was inspiring stuff...

Competition winners

The competition winners are shown below and prizes are being sent this week...

Men's winners

1 Damien Longley (representing Extreme Pull-ups) 36 video
2 James Houseofman 34 video
3 Aaron Cicchelli (representing Extreme Pull-ups) 34 video
4 Steven Parrish 30 video
5 Ryan Fletcher 27 video

Damien showing how it's done - 

Women's winners

1 Toni Bushart West (representing Integrated Fitness) 20 video
2 Margaret Matuszak 13 video
3 Shayle Dudash-Williams 13 video
4 Anna Gunvordahl Benkoski 12 video

Toni in action -

18's and under

1 Devidas Smailys - Age 17 (rep Bar-barians & Project Mayhem) 36 video
2 Никита Хуторной - Age 16 29 video
3 Alex Goldberg  27 video
4 Antonio Nikolov - Age 17 23 video
5 Cathal Dunne - Age 18 22 video

Devidas showing that age means nothing...

We'll be running more competitions this year so we'll keep you posted as we finalise the details. If you have any susggestions on the kind of competitions you'd like to see, please get in touch on our Facebook page or email us at

...we did have a request for a seniors category (50+) so if there's enough interest we'll add this to the next comp. Let us know!

Thanks also to Astone fitness for putting up The Human Trainer for first prize.

..and special thanks go out to Lee and Jay for hosting a great comp!

Competition sponsors

Competition sponsors

Post a new comment