On high pullup wods like Angie, if you are doing one of the lower scalings, and GD has said “do beginner/jumping” pullups you may
1) start with as many regular pullups as you can do and then go to the beginner/jumping
2) assisted pullups are included in beginner pullups, in a sense (it’s like a logic problem: all assisted pullups are beginner pullups, but not all beginner pullups are assisted pullups . . . ). So this includes elastic bands, gravitrons, etc.
3) You do want to avoid muscular failure if possible or put it off as long as possible . . . so pick a scaling on pullups that works, oooor pick beginner/assisted pullup scheme that works (hence the jumping pullups for puppy-cups . . . )
4) You can avoid muscular failure by using short sets like this: 5-10 pullups, drop down shake arms get back on the bar. Do not struggle through a pullup unless it’s your last one . . . drop off the bar on the rep before the one you will fail on . . . trust me, you’ll know which one it is . . . if 1-4 are easy pullups and 5 is just a touch harder and a little tough at the top . . . get off the bar, shake off. Learn how to manage this. It’s art, not science. And at some point or another every one of us has done rep schemes like: 12-8-5-5-5-4-4-2-2-2-1. Speed is the key.
5) GD usually means what he says, and writes economically . . . so I tend to read his scalings as literally as possible (does it say guaranteed?) . . . therefore the pack scaling should generally be pullups without assistance. But . . . its a lot of fargin pullups, so if you can get most of the way there with breaks, and still maintain speed, but will burn out on the last 10 or so, that’s probably an okay compromise to hit the last couple as jumping (This is paragraph is my opinion . . . real trainers will step in and correct if I’m wrong.)
6) That said, I’m very interested in alternate scalings, a la Fran’s 21-15-9 pullups, but 12-9-6 thruster (or 15-12-9 thrusters)
5) All of this is subject to revision by trainers and people who know what they’re talking about . . .
p.s. sorry for the Magna Push-upa
And one last thing: While I talk a lot about “jumping pullups” in this FAQ, that’s not an endorsement of them to be used in place of other pullup subs. Use when indicated, but otherwise the risk of injury for high reps of jumping pullups outweighs any need for you to do them. Work on the other progressions.