The Chicago Pull Up Park Jam Mantra:

Integrity of Calisthenics










The word integrity requires honesty.  Honesty on behalf of the judges to fairly assess every athlete, and honesty on behalf

of the competitors to rep full range of motion with proper form.  We are proud of the virtues of our competitors -- in past competitions competitors have "no repped" themselves when they knew they fell short of hitting full range of motion on a rep.  This is the type of culture we have cultivated at the Chicago Pull Up Park Jam - a culture where athletes deduct their own reps before the judge needs to tell them.  A culture where spectators and fellow competitors feel love and mutual respect seeing their comrades compete, rather than frustration at the poor quality of reps being counted.  It is up to us, each of us, to establish a quality to the sport we love that cannot be tarnished.  At the Chicago Pull Up Park Jam our ambition is create a caliber of athleticism, integrity, honor, and sportsmanship that is untouchable.

We hold everyone, from beginner to legend, to the same standard of form.  We do not go easier on new athletes that

are first-time participants.  Some athletes may be entering a calisthenics competition for the first time, making it even more important to set the bar for ideal form and never waiver so that they develop great habits and training standards from the beginning.  Some athletes have competed around the world for years and won numerous competitions, but are not allowed to slack in form because of their prior results.  Some athletes are highly regarded icons of calisthenics, but they are not given more lenient judging because of their reputation.



We define our sport and own our sport to be respected.  It is up to all of us to ensure every video posted from the

Chicago Pull Up Park Jam is seen as a premiere example of true, honest, strength with reps and form that are respected by calisthenics athletes around the world.  As a competitor you show us who you truly are inside, and what our community means to you, with every rep you do.  Your effort to improve shows us how much you matter to yourself, and how much we matter to you.  The way that you rep, clean reps or poor reps, shows us how much respect you have for yourself and how much respect you have for our calisthenics community.  Whether you rep alone, with a crew, or in competition

we see into you - your inner core and your soul - through your reps .



We are not here to inflate egos or impress with high rep numbers.  We’d rather see top competitors hit low numbers of

clean pull-ups to win the competition, than a huge number of questionable pull-ups that no one respects.  The same goes for

every event.  The top 3 athletes set the example and standard, even if their rep count is lower than the numbers seen in other competitions, our Chicago Pull Up Park Jam winners all have clean reps.  All athletes and spectators need to see that 

in Chicago we respect form over quantity.


The word calisthenics originates from ancient Greek.  Kallos meaning beauty and sthénos meaning strength.

The Chicago Pull Up Park Jam gives every participant the stage and forum to display the beautiful beasts they are -

displaying reps that are beautiful and beasty.



All competitors must compete in at least 4 events to be eligible for event awards. 

We do not cultivate specialists.  For many reasons at the Chicago Pull Up Park Jam we promote comprehensive, holistic, health.


(1) For your health it makes most sense to train your entire body.  We want people in our community to be complete physical beings.  This includes all major muscles groups, heart, lungs, tendons, ligaments, and bones - all of which are strengthened collectively through full body training and competing.


(2) Being an overall athlete forces you to address your weaknesses. No one is good at everything. This is a great exercise for the ego, not just the body.  In sports and in life we all have the potential to transform our weaknesses into strengths if we focus on the exercises and events that we are not naturally great at.


(3) Training for all events forces you to be thoughtful; you have to divvy your time among different exercises intelligently, and you have to know how to train to recover well to use your full body everyday.


While we understand some athletes will have injuries that limit them from competing their best on all events, it is not fair to have a specialist that has trained extensively on only one event expend their energy competing on only one event, compete against other athletes that have trained and exhausted energy on all five events.  We expect all athletes to compete to the best of their abilities on all events that they are physically capable of.

In the event of a tie for a podium placement, there is a tiebreak for that event at the end of the competition.  This has happened in past events and usually one of the most thrilling moments to watch.  If there is a tie for the Overall the tiebreak will be a circuit of all events.


Tiebreak Rules: if two or more competitors in the top 3 ranking tie on a single event or in the overall, those competitors will compete in a tiebreak after the competition is completed.


If there is a tie for overall the competitors will simultaneously perform a

10 minute non-stop circuit of all events that would proceed as follows:

1 minute of deadstop pullups, 1 minute rest, 1 minute of squats, 1 minute rest, 1 minute of deadstop dips, 1 minute rest, 1 minute of sit-ups, 1 minute rest, 1 minute of push-ups.

One judge will judge each competitor for all 5 events for the entirety of that competitor's circuit.


If there is a tie on a single event the competitors will

simultaneously perform as below:

Pull-ups: one set max deadstop
All other events: a 1 minute showdown (dips will be deadstop)





New in 2020, there will be two weightclasses, “180lb and below” (180 lb -) and “181lb and above” (181 lb +).  This is based on 5 years of data with several hundred competitors’ weightclass information which has demonstrated the prior “Lightweight” category consistently had immensely more competitors than the Middleweight and Heavyweight classes.  This aims to ensure each division is has close to the same number of competitors to make each division equally competitive, while motivating all competitors to train harder to increase their individual fitness, commitment to training and increasing the overall performance of calisthenics as a sport, collectively, with more competitors to benchmark goals with.  In 2019, for example, there were nearly 45 Lightweights while closer to 5 Heavyweights.  The spread has been even more drastic in past years. In this case a Lightweight competitor has a 3 in 45 chance of getting on the podium in the Overall (a 7% chance), while a Heavyweight has a 3 in 5 chance of getting on the podium (a 60% chance).  All competitors should have closer to the same odds at medaling in each weightclass.

All Ages Divisions: Women's Division | Lightweight - Up to 180lb | Heavyweight - 181lb and Up

Youth Division: Age 12 and below | Age 50+ Division


New in 2020, competitors attempting to overload their weigh in can be disqualified from the entire event, without refund.  ALL MALE COMPETITORS MUST WEIGH IN WITH AN OFFICIAL THE DAY OF THE EVENT PRIOR TO COMPETING.  Competitors cannot weigh in in heavy attire; competitors must weigh in the attire they will compete in.

New in 2020, competitors cannot wear loose fitting attire that obscures the judge from assessing the reps clearly and completely.  If the athlete is not dressed appropriately at the time they are called to compete, the athlete will be scratched from the event, will receive zero reps for that event, and will not compete that event.   It is the athlete’s responsibility to ensure the judge can clearly see the reps performed in the attire chose.


New in 2019, which is maintained for 2020, female competitors have to option to weigh in to be qualified for weightclass division awards in addition to gender specific division awards.  Weigh in is not mandatory for female athletes.

A competitor cannot get a second chance to compete if they misunderstood the rules.

There are no do-overs, no re-dos.



To train to become an official judge contact Omari Jinaki by email at  Successful completion of judging training is mandatory for all Chicago Pull Up Park Jam officials prior to each year's event.  Former judges must attend the training every year to maintain official status.


One Set Max Reps to Failure (Not Timed)

New in 2020, there will be a wall 12 inches (30 cm) in front of the pull-up bar to limit swing.  If any part of the competitor’s touches the barrier the rep will not be counted.

The is no time limit for this event.


Deadstop pullups on the judge's command AFTER the judge taps your back to let you know you have hit a full lockout; prior to competing EVERY rep competitors must "dead hang" to a full lockout and WAIT for the judges tap on EVERY rep; if the competitor pulls up before the judges tap, that rep will not be counted.  If the competitor swings while in the dead hang the judge WILL NOT tap the competitor until the swing stops; the competitor must either wait until the swing stops on its own, or use their muscles to slow the swing to a complete stop before being tapped by the judge


For the FIRST rep only the competitor does NOT need to wait for the judge's tap; the competitor starts at a dead hang and the competitor begins to pull when ready

Full lock out at the bottom of the pull-­up

Chin OVER the bar (not at the bar)

Each rep is complete when chin clears bar.  On the competitor's FINAL rep the competitor can simply drop from the bar -- the competitor is not required to hit lockout again after the final rep for the final rep to be counted; the final rep is counted when the chin clears the bar

Hands must be shoulder width apart; wider grip pull-ups are NOT permitted, as this greatly shortens the range of motion needed to complete each rep

Competitors cannot wear hand grips.

No kipping allowed on ANY rep, not even in the final few reps.

Re-­adjusting your grip is allowed, but fingers on both hands must remain over the bar the entire time.  Competitors cannot let go of bar with one hand to hang on one hand and then grab the bar again with both hands to continue to do pull-ups; Once one hand comes off bar the competitor's reps are done

Competitors do not need to go for speed, there is no clock to beat  We are doing this intentionally, so all competitors can focus on clean form, and not worry about doing fast reps.

Once a competitor drops from the bar their reps are done.

There are two pull-up bars, one is 7 feet 8 inches tall (2 m), the other is 7 feet 3 inches tall (1.95 m); competitor's can choose the bar they prefer based on their height

Both pull-up bars are 1.25 inches in diameter (32 mm)

NOTE: the image is
from a past year's event, and is for display purposes only , this image does not accurately display the current competition format or equipment.


2 minute time limit

Glutes must hit a bench that is 13 in (33 cm) high

Every time the competitor hits the bench the judge will hear a tone indicate that the bottom portion of range of motion has been achieved

Must lock out to straight legs at the top

Back upright and straight

Hands must stay on the back of the head or on the top of the head.  If the competitors hands come off their head for any reps, those reps will not be counted

Competitors can stop to rest and re-­start reps within the 2 min

NOTE: the image is
from a past year's event, and is for display purposes only , this image does not accurately display the current competition format or equipment.


2 minute time limit


Deadstop dips on the judge's command AFTER the judge taps your hand to let you know you have hit a full lockout at the top; prior to competing EVERY rep competitors must hit a full lockout and WAIT for the judges tap on EVERY rep; if the competitor begins to dip before the judges tap, that rep will not be counted

Arm bend must be BELOW 90 degrees; hitting exactly 90 degrees is a NO REP.  To break 90 no part of the competitor's arm can be above their elbow joint.  The tricep, the shoulder, the delts must all be below the elbow. 

Competitors will be restricted to an area 24 inches from front to back for swing; there will be a barrier behind the legs to limit the legs from swinging back; if the legs touch the barrier the rep will not be counted; 24 inches in front of the barrier will be a line of tape on the parallel bars-- the competitor's hands cannot be on or in front of the tape

Competitors cannot lean forward, their torso and upper body must remain upright and vertical

Competitors can stop and get off the bars to rest and re-­start reps within the 2 min.

Dip bars are 21.5 inches wide (55 cm)

Dip bars are 1.75 inches in diameter (4.4 cm)

Dip bars are 5 feet tall (1.52 m), There will be a sturdy 2 foot tall step ladder that competitors will stand on during their 2 minutes so that they don't need to jump up onto the dip bars from the ground, The height of the dip bars allows all competitors to hang with their legs fully straight

NOTE: the image is
from a past year's event, and is for display purposes only , this image does not accurately display the current competition format or equipment.


2 minute time limit


Unlike the training style that many people use for sit-ups, at the Chicago Pull Up Park Jam competitors CANNOT clasp their hands behind their head; this is because when athletes clasp their hands behind their neck they tend to bend their neck and jerk their head forward; this can lead to injury and also does not demonstrate their pure core strength because they use more of their neck and biceps to yank their torso forward rather than using isolating their core muscles to complete the rep

The PALMS of the hands must stay over the competitors' EARS at all times for a rep to count.  If a rep is completed and the hands come off the ears and slide forward to their forehead or come off their head completely, that rep will NOT count

Bottom of shoulders blades to the ground; a sound will indicate the competitors' shoulders have hit the ground

Elbows to KNEES, the elbow joint must hit the judge's hand which will be on top of the competitor's knee.  Elbows to the thighs or quads will NOT count as a rep


The competitor's will lock their feet under a stable, heavy anchor on the ground to counter balance their weight

NOTE: the image is from a past year's event, and is for display purposes only , this image does not accurately display the current competition format or equipment.


2 minute time limit

New in 2020, deadstop pushups: On the judge's command AFTER the judge taps your hand or forearm to let you know you have hit a full lockout at the top.  Prior to competing EVERY rep competitors must hit a full lockout and WAIT for the judges tap on EVERY rep; if the competitor begins to rep before the judges tap, that rep will not be counted

New in 2020, chest-to-floor level range of motion: Hands will be placed on blocks that are 7 inches wide by 9 inches long. Feet will be on a block 8 inches by 8 inches.  The hands and feet must stay fully on the blocks while repping for the reps to count.  The feet may happen to come slightly apart at times and the reps will still be counted, as long as both feet stay on the foot block while repping.

New in 2020, the hand blocks are at a pre-set width, the same with for all competitors, just as dip bars are at a pre-set width, the same width for all competitors, that all competitors adhere to.  The push-up hand blocks are 27 inches wide on the outer edge from left to right.

New in 2020, the foot block can be moved to adjust for the height of the competitor.

New in 2020, the two hand blocks are connected with an elastic cord that the competitor must hit for each rep to count.  Note, that because the blocks are elevated, to hit the elastic cord, the competitor will need to do a chest-to-floor level pushup.  This is 3 inches deeper than the “fist height” push-up in all prior years of competition.  The elevated block will allow the competitor's head to lower comfortably to hit a deep chest-to-floor range of motion push-up, while keeping their neck straight and safe.

New in 2020, the elevated block will also raise the competitor off of the ground to a higher position which will allow judges to more easily assess form and full range of motion, so the judge will not need to lay on the ground to view the rep.

Lower back must be straight and not sink, if the back is arched or sagging it is no rep

Competitors can rest on their knees and re-­start reps within the 2 min

NOTE: the image is from a past year's event, and is for display purposes only , this image does not accurately display the current competition format or equipment.