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  • #31
    im in. i cant do a pull up and it is one of my strength/fitness goals. hopefully i can get it done this year lol
    Primal Chaos
    37yo 6'5"
    6-19-2011 393lbs 60" waist
    current 338lbs 49" waist
    goal 240lbs 35" waist

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    • #32
      Put my gf down, she didn't get hers in 2011 even though she was dangerously close many times. Her name is Carolyn.
      I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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      • #33
        Stick at it guys, this is acheivable for you all. After shoulder surgery in 2009 it took me a long time to get build up the strength to do pull ups, I can push out quite a few of them now and they are by far my favourite exercise.

        Great achievements only come with great persistance.
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        • #34
          Something my daughter tried and it worked for her. I think there may have been some days off so call them working days.
          Day 1 - one negative (4s down)
          Day 2 - two negatives
          Day 3 - three negatives
          ,,,
          Day 14 - fourteen negatives
          Day 15 - one pullup

          She was also working on inverted rows and I think she did some greasing the grove but the main work was the negatives.
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          • #35
            Knifegill, wow, what a story! Sounds like it was very frustrating for you. And maybe my reading comprehension is down, but can you do a pull-up now, or do you want to sign up, or...?

            Dirlot, you say you can do chins comfortably -- can you also do a pull-up? If so, you're too advanced to go on the list above -- congratulations, though! Very impressive, regardless! (Want to start a "Beyond the Pull-Up" challenge thread?) And some of us may be working on more advanced versions after achieving this goal so you have an interesting perspective. Meanwhile, thanks so much for dropping in suggestions for us!

            So many people joining, this is great. 16 people so far! I updated the list on the first page. Let me know if I missed you.

            What do you all think... when people on our list manage their first pull-up, should I put a little ★ by their name above?
            "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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            • #36
              I'm in. =)

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              • #37

                Hi, I want to sign up too.

                Right now I can't even jump and hold, so I don't know how to even get to that point (chair doesn't work either),
                But maybe if every time I walk by the pull-up bar I jump up (even if I drop immediately), maybe that will work for me.

                When I wanted to join the Army I went from 0 to 19 push-ups, one of the most fun times I had in my life :-) It's silly, but it really makes you feel proud.
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                • #38
                  Originally posted by geostump View Post
                  Been working on them myself since last month, so put me down Jenny!! At the gym I go to, they have a weighted machine that I use to help me with my pull-ups. You decrease your weight as you get stronger. I took 2 weeks off from the gym and I have improved immensely. I've decreased my assisted weight by 30 pounds! Started off at 160 pounds of assistance and am down to 130 pounds of assistance. Woot!
                  Well, my story with the machines is a long trail of failure. Initially I would improve, but then have diminishing returns and never succeed. I think it was Al K. that advised to avoid the machines because they do not mimic the actual motion of the pull up. I think he was spot on...at least for me and as I get used to the muscles that are actually in use, I really think it makes sense. Once I started doing negatives and Australian pull-ups I began progressing more steadily and moved from 1 to 5 pull ups in a fairly linear fashion. Don't listen to me though...listen to the experts. I am just a single data point after all.

                  Let me add too, I use one of those assisted machine without the assistance on the days I am actually in the gym. It is really good to be able to stand on the foot rest you use for dips and then let yourself down from there.
                  Last edited by tplank; 01-06-2012, 11:00 AM.

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                  • #39
                    I'm in! One of my goals for the year was to do 10 pull ups by the end of the year. I'm back at the gym next week. i'm already thinking that 10's a bit much...ok 5 -10.

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                    • #40
                      All three added.

                      I've heard really mixed reports about the assistance machines. Geo, sounds like they're helping you to some extent, but if you hit a plateau at some point perhaps switching to something else (bands? negs?) may be the way to go.

                      But what do I know? I'm no pull-up expert myself!
                      "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by Jenny View Post
                        All three added.

                        I've heard really mixed reports about the assistance machines. Geo, sounds like they're helping you to some extent, but if you hit a plateau at some point perhaps switching to something else (bands? negs?) may be the way to go.

                        But what do I know? I'm no pull-up expert myself!
                        The machines help me as I'm still over 200 lbs and probably would just hang there if I did it any other way. The trainer at my gym told me that since I'm over 200 lbs, the machine will help my body with at least getting the motion down but he doesn't want me to try to do them without the machine until I get around 180. Come on 30 lbs!
                        Georgette

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                        • #42
                          I'm in!

                          Bought one of those tuck-in-the-door-frame things that rely on the sturdiness of the frame itself. Put it together, put it up, grabbed on chin-up style and jumped. Yeah... right. So I grabbed a milk crate, and jumped again. Couldn't hold myself for a second and fell just slightly less fast than not holding on to anything. Did five of those, not-quite-falling chin-ups. But I have a year right? I'm GONNA DO IT!

                          I also want to do the Tough Mudder in 2013 in Toronto. No way I could do it this year (august), so I'm vying for 1.5 year from now. I'm down from 190 to 155 (Aug '11 to now), feel stronger walking and moving, now I just gotta get my top half stronger.

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                          • #43
                            Sign me up.
                            Charolais Bull (I might need a new nickname if I lose enough)
                            Start Date: 1/3/2012
                            Start Weight: 279.5
                            Current Weight: 273.8
                            Goal Weight: 200

                            Note: I started my weight loss journey at a all time high 376 lbs in July of 2010. I Had WLS (Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy) in April of 2011 (353.9 lbs the morning of surgery) but stalled out around the beginning of October 2011. Found out about the whole Primal/Paleo movement in early December 2011 and here I am.


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                            • #44
                              I'm in! I can almost do a chin up...so once I conquer that I'm going for a pull up.

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                              • #45
                                Yay, 22 signups! So exciting.

                                I see, Geo! Now that you mention it... It's true, even using the ENTIRE set of my woody bands, I couldn't do a full chin-up when I weighed over 200.

                                Still waiting for my shoulder to finish recovering, then I'll be really getting back into the groove with bodyweight work and trying negatives again.

                                Kimelah, I guess that's the way to go. If the momentum of falling back down is hard on you, maybe step off of a chair instead to do your negative?
                                "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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