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  • Part of today's work out equalled a mix of 69 negatives or assisted pull ups. Getting there slowly!
    Believe and achieve.

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    • Two days later and bam, did my first dead hang unassisted chin up. I can work toward a pull up from there (cos that's my proper goal). Chin up is still a great effort though.
      I was just suprised as my body kept getting higher and higher and then I went 'oh I can do it' and got the chin over the bar easily.
      Could only do one though!
      Believe and achieve.

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      • I am frustrated....
        I bought a pull-up-bar for my door in November, but it didn't fit the doors in my appartement, so we build something instead. I took the pullup-bar to my parents to give it away for christmas to my brother, my nephews or whomever wanted it, but forgot about it and left it in the guestroom at my parents home.
        This friday we were back at my parents home and I realized that the pullup-bar was gone. I asked my father, and he just said "I took it upstairs to do pullups every other day." And then he showed me 2 perfect pullups. He just turned 65! He's lean, and moves a lot, but I never thought he could do a single pullup! I am really proud of him, but I am quite frustrated, too, because I hang on the pullup-bar like a sandbag...
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        • Hey everybody! Sorry I've been so tremendously MIA lately. I wanted to be a better thread host than this. I will work my way through the new pages of the thread over the weekend to add to the names list above and then start in on trying to capture/summarize the key tips and links you've given the group! Thanks.
          "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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          • Originally posted by Turnstone View Post
            I am frustrated....
            I bought a pull-up-bar for my door in November, but it didn't fit the doors in my appartement, so we build something instead. I took the pullup-bar to my parents to give it away for christmas to my brother, my nephews or whomever wanted it, but forgot about it and left it in the guestroom at my parents home.
            This friday we were back at my parents home and I realized that the pullup-bar was gone. I asked my father, and he just said "I took it upstairs to do pullups every other day." And then he showed me 2 perfect pullups. He just turned 65! He's lean, and moves a lot, but I never thought he could do a single pullup! I am really proud of him, but I am quite frustrated, too, because I hang on the pullup-bar like a sandbag...
            I bought a removable bar (I rent) and it didn't fit in my door frames because they're too thick. I haven't found a solution yet, as I'm not handy so I don't think I could build anything. I found a bar that should work fine, it stays up from tension, and I'm well under the max weight of 200lbs.
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            • OK, this is my first post here on the forum. I did my first set of Heavy Lifting today, most exercises was the easiest set and I managed them rather well, but not able to make all the repetitions on the second set. The Pull-ups however feels quite ridiculous. I have my feet on a stool and can not make more than 2 with help from both legs, and are not able to get my head over the bar either. Now I was never able to make pull-ups, not even when my weight were 110lbs less than today so no wonders I am not able to make it today.

              This challenge seems to be the right place for me.

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              • Originally posted by Swedish Eve View Post

                This challenge seems to be the right place for me.
                Hej Eve -- Don't worry, you're in good company here! Lots of us are currently hopeless with pull-ups, but are trying. Remember, we have until the end of the year--not tomorrow--to actually accomplish this challenge :-) Personally, I think I will be lucky if I manage one by New Year's Eve!
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                • Count me in! (I'm a little late to the challenge.) I have been practicing negatives and pull ups with a little jump assistance. I can almost do one... it takes a little kick at the end to get me there!
                  I know I will be able to do a really great unassisted within the next few months!
                  You don't have to be sick to get better.
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                  • Count me in too, I used to be able to do about 5 pull ups years ago when I was much lighter, but now can't even do one. I've had a couple of goes at the trim trail in the park on the low bars, which I am just about tall enough to get my nose up to if I go onto the points of my toes.

                    I've ordered one of those Iron gym door pull up bars from the ebay so should get that this week. What I really want is to be able to do 5 propper pull ups by the summer, at the park out in the fresh air, that and to be able to do the monkey bars there as well
                    You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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                    • Can I offer a little advice as someone who can do them but is always trying to get better. I can currently do about 10 or so but it's taken a while to build up. Two friends and I started training together with the pb philosophy about a year ago and could only do one reps chin ups at the start. We've worked hard to get better.

                      The trouble with pull ups is getting better, I for one always tend to do what I can which doesn't improve anything. So what me and my training partners do is negatives and cheats. This helps.

                      Negatives do your normal set of whatever then on the last one hold it at the top a count of ten. Lower halfway and hold for ten then back up if you can to finish.

                      Cheats - on the last set we get one of those half balance balls and use it to jump up which tends to get us half a rep. We set a goal of say 15 reps and cheat our way there.

                      All this means we're doing more than we normally could and it ends up with us improving.

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                      • Almost doing the one-arm chin-up. Probably at 1/3 of a rep at best so far.
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                        • Yep! Count me in. I can't do any yet!

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                          • Well my pull up bar arrived while I was out today, so I will have to pick it up form Royal Mail tomorrow, then I can post up if it works and what level I am starting at.

                            Update: Well I've got the pull up bar and it kinda works, though it puts too much pressure on the door frame at the top, so I need to screw a bit of wood to the wall for it to sit on so I don't ruin the door frame any more, not a big job though.

                            So I can do 2 leg pull ups and also 1 leg without trouble, and will add hanging full body weight on my arms at the end of my last set of reps when I've fixed the securing problems.
                            Last edited by Tribal Rob; 02-09-2012, 02:38 AM.
                            You know all those pictures of Adam and Eve where they have belly button? Think about it..................... take as long as you need........................

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                            • Whew. I just added two dozen names, including a couple I had missed the first time (sorry about that!)

                              Originally posted by Ouaouaron View Post
                              just tried it and did two of them. I can't join this, hmmm or can I ?
                              Hmmm. You didn't know you could do them before, but then again you didn't train to reach the goal either... sounds like a preexisting condition to me? Congratulations, though! Be glad, we would all love to be athletic enough to pull this off so simply!

                              Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
                              I did a semi-kipping pullup!!!! I did 5 of them! Semi-kipping because I was standing 3" off the ground to give my arms a 30* bend at the elbow and then jumping, but it counts, dammit!
                              Considering you were able to pull off five of them, I'd say those 3 inches hardly matter -- everybody's bar is at a different height, after all. Star added to your name! YAY! Congratulations! How do you feel?
                              "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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                              • Originally posted by naiadknight View Post
                                2) If that idea skeeves you out, hang your pull up bar in the door or wherever. Then grab a kitchen stool, ladder, or other sturdy article that can resist a decent amount of weight and shoving. I use a kitchen stool shoved up against the island. The key here is to either have a partner or something to jam your "helper" against. Get up on the pull-up bar and walk you way up the "helper" object to where you need. Now, either have a friend pull it back until you're in position or shove it back into the aformentioned jammed position. This will take some trial and error, but you should be able to find a good, SAFE position.
                                Huh, if I'm reading this description right, that sounds a little unnerving for me. If you end up letting go, aren't you going to have a head-and-shoulders drop to the floor? Might be better off using some kind of extension rope off the bar instead like iniQuity had in some of his earlier vids.
                                "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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