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  • #16
    I figured out a good substitute today and I am really chuffed about it. I looped my resistance bands over one of those laundry hooks you put over a door to hang clothes on, and pulled down on them until I was straining, and then held the position for a few counts. For me, this is even better than a bar, because I don't have the strength to pull my own weight up at all. As I get stronger, I can go down on my knees to increase the resistance. Plus I can easily throw both the hook and the bands in a suitcase for travelling. AND it takes up no extra room in my small house. A winner all around.
    5'2", 55 years, Primal since April. Pre-Primal weight loss, from 216.6 to 157.8
    Primal low: 140.2 (Dec. 3) Goal weight: 135?
    Main Primal goal: beating back my CFS enough to function more normally and start writing again

    More and more, our life has been governed by specialists, who know too little of what lies outside their province to be able to know enough about what takes place within it.
    - Lewis Mumford

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    • #17
      I door pull-up bar and something like the LifelineUSA pull-up revolution would also have been good. Just use a chair to get up there, and don't go to failure!

      Progressions on a power tower will work, too.

      With time and persistence, you'll get there!

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      • #18
        Originally posted by Navy87Guy View Post
        I'm curious about the rings you use when you travel. Where do you use them and how do they mount?

        I travel a lot for business, so having the ability to conduct a workout on my own time would be great. Push ups and planks are easy enough...but pull ups (and a Grok hang) are harder...sounds like you have a solution!


        Thanks!

        Jim
        You can get a cheap set on Amazon for about 30 bucks- 2 rings and 2 cargo type straps that loop around and feed through a buckle, they sit in a mesh pouch about 8" square. Once I got asked at an airport check in what they were (theres some metal on the buckle strap that showed up on the scanner) but the guy was just interested and let me go through no problem.

        I just fix them anywhere I can- a tree branch, garage roof, if I'm in a hotel usually there is often somewhere in a car park. It's very rare there is nowhere to rig them.

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        • #19
          Originally posted by sandstone View Post
          You can get a cheap set on Amazon for about 30 bucks- 2 rings and 2 cargo type straps that loop around and feed through a buckle, they sit in a mesh pouch about 8" square. Once I got asked at an airport check in what they were (theres some metal on the buckle strap that showed up on the scanner) but the guy was just interested and let me go through no problem.

          I just fix them anywhere I can- a tree branch, garage roof, if I'm in a hotel usually there is often somewhere in a car park. It's very rare there is nowhere to rig them.
          I'll check it out -- thanks!

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