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  • Originally posted by Tribal Rob View Post
    IME if you can raise yourself unassisted even a inch or 2 you are not far off, do you do negatives and holding your weight at the top of and half way up of a pull up position?
    I haven't done much with trying negatives yet. I do have a bar out in the garage, but I think the pull up belt we have is one of the looser ones? I think I need one that is stronger still.

    Usually, it's throwing the portable bar over a doorframe and trying to do a few from standing or hanging before my kids see me doing them and want to do some too. It's scary how good my 9 year old is, and even the younger two are able to pull a little...

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    • I'd like to join too please! Although mine is more 'Do a pull-up before next March 7th' as it's on my list of things to do before I turn 30....
      I got a doorframe bar about a week ago. On first attempt I can just about do one chin-up but mostly right now I'm just working on holding myself up there for a few seconds. I guess once I can chin-up a bit stronger I will progress to working on the pull-up position. I have to take it slow anyway because I have a funny shoulder/arm and doing too much makes my right arm really hurt. But here's to the challenge!

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      • So happy to see progress updates & new additions. I had hoped to have my pull up by now but I am making progress. I'm using resistance bands and my progress is as follows:

        March - 1 green + 1 blue bands
        April - 1 green + 1 red bands
        May - 1 green + 1 purple bands
        June (2 weeks) - 1 green band
        June (2 weeks) - 1 blue + 1 purple bands
        July - 1 blue band
        August - 1 red band - just started this, I have to kip, but I can do 5 in a row ) I'll move on from this when I can do it without kipping.

        For those interested - the resistance bands from highest resistance to lowest are: Green, Blue, Red, Purple
        "Quit waiting for everything to be perfect. You have everything you need right now." - makingthingshappen.com

        http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/member82937.html

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        • I'm so glad to see this thread thriving.

          Lately I have been adding something that I think could help a lot of the ladies out there. You know that hard foam that they make you squeeze to pump up your veins for the blood bank or doctor? I got two blocks of it (about the size of a box of playing cards but you can vary this to fit) and am just doing hand squeezes while I watch tv.

          It feels like it is helping me with hand strength. Women tend to have smaller hands for the same body weight compared to men so just getting a firm grip is harder for us.

          They also make mechanical squeezer exercisers that you can buy at a sporting goods store but the foam is a cheap and comfortable alternative.

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          • Originally posted by EmeraldRose View Post
            I haven't done much with trying negatives yet. I do have a bar out in the garage, but I think the pull up belt we have is one of the looser ones? I think I need one that is stronger still.

            Usually, it's throwing the portable bar over a doorframe and trying to do a few from standing or hanging before my kids see me doing them and want to do some too. It's scary how good my 9 year old is, and even the younger two are able to pull a little...
            Are you working on pull-ups (palms facing a way) or chin-ups (palms facing you)? I've been working on chin-ups as they are a little easier. I started by jumping up to the bar; at first that's all I could do but after while I was able to hold myself there for a few seconds. Next I worked on negatives, lowering myself as slowly as possible, over time I was able to do it in 8-10 seconds. I just kept working on that and then one day I thought I would just try a chin-up and sure enough I could do it.

            I started in February never having done 1 chin-up in my life, I'm 52. Now I am up to 5. The negatives really work!
            Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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            • Hello ! I would like to join this challenge, and co-incidentally urban forager am also 52 ! so it's really encouraging to hear what u can do. Am using a gym machine at the moment doing dips and chin ups with half my body weight...planning to get a bar to fit on a door at home , not sure I could even do 1 chin up for real yet but do fancy being able to so great this challenge is here !
              My Primal Journal :http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60751.html

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              • Welcome to the challenge artyscat! Having the pull-bar in the door way is great because you can work on chin-ups any time.

                If you haven't seen it yet I highly recommend Mark's video on how to do a pull-up.

                How-To: Proper Pullup/Chinup Technique | Mark's Daily Apple
                Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                • Thanks so much urban forager for that link that's so nice of you ! I haven't seen it before so was v useful...
                  My Primal Journal :http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread60751.html

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                  • I'd like to join the challenge. I can barely get through level 1 of PBF pull-ups right now, so I'm not sure I'll make it. But I've been trying to do a couple when I take my kids to the park too.

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                    • Originally posted by artyscat View Post
                      Thanks so much urban forager for that link that's so nice of you ! I haven't seen it before so was v useful...
                      You're welcome, good luck with your chin/pull-ups!
                      Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                      • Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
                        Are you working on pull-ups (palms facing a way) or chin-ups (palms facing you)? I've been working on chin-ups as they are a little easier. I started by jumping up to the bar; at first that's all I could do but after while I was able to hold myself there for a few seconds. Next I worked on negatives, lowering myself as slowly as possible, over time I was able to do it in 8-10 seconds. I just kept working on that and then one day I thought I would just try a chin-up and sure enough I could do it.

                        I started in February never having done 1 chin-up in my life, I'm 52. Now I am up to 5. The negatives really work!
                        I'm working on pull ups. They are easier for me to do. I broke my right elbow several years ago, and it is more difficult for me to do chin ups.

                        I have been working more on negatives and using the band that we have. I've also been doing lots of Australian pull ups, and with the first one I can get my chin almost to the bar! I'm hoping soon I'll have myself over the bar each time.

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                        • Originally posted by EmeraldRose View Post
                          I'm working on pull ups. They are easier for me to do. I broke my right elbow several years ago, and it is more difficult for me to do chin ups.

                          I have been working more on negatives and using the band that we have. I've also been doing lots of Australian pull ups, and with the first one I can get my chin almost to the bar! I'm hoping soon I'll have myself over the bar each time.
                          You're doing great! Makes me think I should try working on pull-ups with a band.
                          Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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                          • Sign me up.

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                            • Knifegill -- sounds awesome. Just searched YouTube to see what a clapping chin-up is. Daang.

                              EmeraldRose -- I'm there too. Still workin' on it.

                              AliceAnne -- nice progress! I should try that progression myself. So you're still using a band -- can you do one without it, even kipping? If so, I'll star you up as a success.

                              Paleobird -- not TOO thriving as I keep vanishing! Sorry, everybody...

                              UrbanForager -- ooh, ★ for you!

                              Everyone -- thanks for the tips!

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                              • Wow I'm way late to the party but I'm in if I can be! I wonder if I could get one pull up by the end of 2012? I can do about 3 chin ups from I guess it's an L position (arms not all the way extended)? But no go on pull ups. I tried some of the tips from the other thread so I'm working on it! Think I might get some of the bands to help...
                                Breathe. Move forward.

                                I just eat what I want...

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