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  • Substitute for pullups?

    I don't currently have a pull up bar, and one is not in the budget at the moment. I do plan to get one, but it will have to wait.
    What can I do as a substitute? I do have a Bowflex with the overhead pulldown. Can I do that until I can afford a pullup bar?
    And no, I don't have any tree limbs or exposed beams I can use lol. And it's a little too cold here at the moment to use the park. My hands would freeze to the bar, and with mitts or gloves I'd slip off.

    thanks!

  • #2
    Yes you can do it with the bowflex.

    Another suggestion is take a mop or broom handle and put over two chair seats. Place the chairs far enough apart so that you can lie on your back and then pull yourself up keeping your back straight. I believe it is called the Australian pull up.

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    • #3
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      • #4
        Originally posted by Vick View Post
        Another suggestion is take a mop or broom handle and put over two chair seats. Place the chairs far enough apart so that you can lie on your back and then pull yourself up keeping your back straight. I believe it is called the Australian pull up.
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        • #5
          You can try doing a bunch of elevated push ups. The higher you elevate your feet, the harder it is and it will teach you to keep the necessary tension in your body for a pull up. Keeping your body a perfect straight plank during the course of the push ups is the key. Here is a video of me doing a set of elevated push ups. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLPV294qcLw

          Once you have the arm and core strength to do this, you can try doing handstand push ups.
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          • #6
            I agree with the australian/inverted pull up idea. Like a similar thread on here the other day though, push ups will have very little effect on your pull ups performance.
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            • #7
              I guess I'll be the a-hole:

              You don't have ~$20 to go to walmart and get a door-mounted bar? I use that and it's great for indoor workouts. I figure if you have an internet connection you can spare 20 bucks for said bar. Save up for one, if money is really tight, you won't regret it. I have the gold's one.

              Everything else suggested here is good, but if you want to do pull ups, get a pull up bar or get creative.
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              • #8
                Thank you everyone! I will definitely try the Australian pullups and the modified pushups. I wanted to get some other options, and these are great!

                And iniQuity, it would cost me more than $20 where I am. And feeding my daughter and I is more important to me than running out to get a pullup bar. Sorry.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dakini View Post
                  Thank you everyone! I will definitely try the Australian pullups and the modified pushups. I wanted to get some other options, and these are great!

                  And iniQuity, it would cost me more than $20 where I am. And feeding my daughter and I is more important to me than running out to get a pullup bar. Sorry.
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                  • #10
                    If you have a strong enough door (the ones that aren't hollow, like a solid wooden door) then you could perform door pull ups. Simply open up the door and place a towel under the door (directly under the handle). This will prevent the door from being pulled downward during the pull up. Then grip the top of the door and start busting out some pull ups. If the top of the door is rough you can lay another towel over it to protect your hands. This works great when traveling and when staying at hotels. Plus because the front of your body will be in contact with the door, it will prevent you from swinging up into your pull up! Here's a vid enjoy =) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ADnoyLFVDcc
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                    • #11
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                      • #12
                        Tim~ That is a brilliant idea--thanks for sharing!
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                        • #13
                          No problem, glad to help! =) NOW start busting out some pull ups!!
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                          • #14
                            What about a playground? Ones meant for older kids will probably have higher bars. The playground near me actually has a set of pull-up bars like I used in school for the Presidental Fitness Tests (which were the bane of my existence, as a skinny, asthmatic, weak little girl). But yeah, that might be a cold option this time of year...

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                            • #15
                              thank you again everyone!
                              I am thinking of selling my Bowflex, but am waiting due to some personal stuff.
                              yea, the metal in the park gets REALLY cold right now. Last summer I was trying to use the playground when I could.

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