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  • I'm late to the game, but I'm in! I've been trying and trying at Crossfit for months now, I've been moving down band sizes doing assisted pull-ups, but I'm not there yet.

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    • Great! Welcome to the team. We are 58 strong! Emphasis on the STRONG!

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      • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
        I think I speak for the others though in thanking you for your interest and asking if you would be willing to share any training tips or other information that helped you get this far. Those who follow in your footsteps would appreciate any guidance you could offer along the way.
        Hi and thanks.
        I can tell you all how I got started in pullups.
        I have a pullup bar outside on my patio and what I did was to put a chair just at the back of the bar, with the seat section facing the bar.

        Then I would hang from the bar and bend my knees and place my insteps on the seat, then as I pulled up with my arms I could also push down with my feet at the same time.

        If you have some free weights at home you could also try to do some upright rows or bent over rows to help build your lats.

        upright row with bar.


        bent over row with water bottle.


        Good luck everyone.
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        • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
          Check out the list on page 3.
          I changed the settings so that more replies are displayed per page, so for instance this topic is only 8 pages for me, I hate having to go through many pages especially since I mostly post from work. I don't see my girl on the list, but no worries! she doesn't know she's a part of it so it's all good.
          I used to seriously post here, now I prefer to troll.

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          • Originally posted by iniQuity View Post
            I changed the settings so that more replies are displayed per page, so for instance this topic is only 8 pages for me, I hate having to go through many pages especially since I mostly post from work. I don't see my girl on the list, but no worries! she doesn't know she's a part of it so it's all good.
            Oh. I put her on the list as "Iniquity's Girlfriend". If she would like to have her own name listed or a handle, let me know.

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            • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
              Hi, LEM. Good to see you up and about. Rest until the doctor says it's OK, OK? I know I sound maternal. We just don't want you straining anything.
              Hey, sometimes maternal advice is just what a girl needs! Thanks for the support, I'll be good.
              The more I see the less I know for sure.
              -John Lennon

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              • I now have a pull-up bar. It will get installed either tonight or tomorrow night. I picked that one because, even though it has to screw into the doorway, it can be used for Australian pull-ups as well.

                And apparently me asking BS if it's alright if I get one that screws into the doorway does not imply that he should tell me that he has his doubts about doing it on ours in the apartment.

                *sigh*
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                • Iniquity’s girlfriend progress report: This morning my baby and I had a workout that SHE suggested. My heart skipped a beat, this is a girl that loves staying warm in bed while I get up and do whatever workout I had devised that morning.

                  She wanted to start with Australian pull-ups with bent knees for her, legs straight for me. We did 3 sets, her numbers were: 10, 8 and 8, the last set I had her hold it at the top for one count. She also did it with her palms in, but whatever helps her get the reps for now is fine by me.

                  Next we did push ups, on her knees she did 17!! I was like how the hell can you not do a full push up? She said she can, sort of, but her wrists kinda hurt. I also did 17 full push ups. For our second set I suggested she lift one leg up and keep one knee down. She did 10 of these, then another set but switching legs. I told her she’s stronger than she thinks.

                  Then she wanted to work on negatives while I did full pull ups. Ladies… watch out for my girl her negatives are strong! She’s slowed them down a lot, it takes her about 5-6 seconds to descend using a neutral grip (the pegs that stick out, so it’s definitely easier than pull up grip but still counts!) and I even had her stop a few times at the L part and just hold on.

                  I fore-see in a few weeks she’ll get her first positive rep. I took a video of her last negative to compare down the road. I’m very pumped for her progress! And she’s very motivated as well and has begun doing some work almost daily. I don’t worry about her ever getting too deep with working out to the point where I’d have to stop her, so, so far so good!

                  Keep training.
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                  • I am in...

                    I have never been able to do a pull up and this is the year will be the year.
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                    • Iniquity, I have a question for you (and for anyone else who'd like to chime in): I do martial arts, and told my sensei about my pullup goal the other day. She said she doesn't normally recommend isolated muscle exercise, but for me she thought doing bicep curls—slowly and with a decent amount of weight—would help me gain strength. What do you think? Is that worth adding to my regimen (which right now is negatives, which are still too fast; and two-leg assisted positives)?
                      “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

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                      • Originally posted by inquisitiveone View Post
                        Iniquity, I have a question for you (and for anyone else who'd like to chime in): I do martial arts, and told my sensei about my pullup goal the other day. She said she doesn't normally recommend isolated muscle exercise, but for me she thought doing bicep curls—slowly and with a decent amount of weight—would help me gain strength. What do you think? Is that worth adding to my regimen (which right now is negatives, which are still too fast; and two-leg assisted positives)?
                        I'm not against it but pull ups are not just about bicep strength so I think continuing as you are is just fine as all the necessary muscles will get worked simultaneously. However I see no evil with adding some isolation work but do not believe it will make a dramatic difference if your other muscles are still lacking the strength.

                        What you and anyone else can do is finish with the easiest version of the pull up you can think of and work it for higher reps (10-15 reps) because the direct route is best but making the movement easier can help tremendously. It can look like this:
                        - negatives for 5 reps
                        - single leg assisted pull ups or chin ups for 5-10 reps
                        - double leg assisted pu or cu for 15 reps.

                        That can be split into sets of two or three so two sets of 5 negatives then the others. Also everybody should consider making some type of suspension training apparatus. I just bought a pair of gymnastic rings but before that I just used a length of rope which cost under $10 at home depot and you can put a pipe thru it. Hang it from your bar. This will allow you to elevate your feet on a chair and practice pull ups that way... video in a few hours! I love making videos for this thread.
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                        • Thank you so much! I've always been pretty good in the biceps area, so I was a little skeptical about working them more than the other muscles involved—my lats feel like they need more work than anything else at this point.

                          Your suggested sets are also really helpful to me. I've just been doing stuff, with no real plan to it. Does it make any difference, doing only pullup work, or should I toss in some chinup work as well?

                          Looking forward to your next video—those are also very helpful and inspiring to me. I really appreciate your contributions to this thread.
                          “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

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                          • Originally posted by inquisitiveone View Post
                            Thank you so much! I've always been pretty good in the biceps area, so I was a little skeptical about working them more than the other muscles involved—my lats feel like they need more work than anything else at this point.

                            Your suggested sets are also really helpful to me. I've just been doing stuff, with no real plan to it. Does it make any difference, doing only pullup work, or should I toss in some chinup work as well?

                            Looking forward to your next video—those are also very helpful and inspiring to me. I really appreciate your contributions to this thread.
                            Aw you guys make me feel warm inside and since we’re being chummy I have to say I do the videos not as a way to show off but because I want to see you all eventually do this, post it (if you can) and feel proud for yourselves like I did, and like I can tell my gf will be when she gets hers. It’s a very empowering feeling so I’m more than happy to help.

                            I will always and forever recommend switching grips when working at this skill, so yes, you should absolutely do some chin up work as well. If your bar has the neutral grip (the pegs that stick out) you should work those as well.

                            Chin ups do present some benefits:

                            - more bicep and forearm recruitment which will result in more bicep strength and growth (depending on your physiology, some people just don’t develop big biceps)
                            - they are safer on your joints, especially your elbow joints since some people can put their hands out a bit too wide when doing pull ups, the chin up is more “natural” of a movement so your body knows just how far wide you can safely put your arms out, also, there’s less chance of bowing out your elbows in a chin up.
                            - some say they hit the lats more, however the same can be said for pull ups, I don’t think one works the lats that much more than the other.

                            Also, I hope you guys aren’t neglecting push ups in your routine! Once you’re all getting stronger and more conditioned it would be a good idea to do a set of pull ups followed by a set of push ups (you can rest in between sets, unless you’re trying to superset in which case more power to you!) push ups are a great, great, great exercise that doesn’t get enough love sometimes.
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                            • Okay, I will do some chinup and neutral grip reps today. And I do get my pushups in! Usually we do 30 in warmups at the dojo (regular pushups); I've been supplementing that at home with knuckle pushups, but on my knees so I can go deeper. Since doing the latter, I've noticed an increase in strength ... once I can do 20 I'll see if I can convert to regular pushup posture.
                              “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

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                              • Originally posted by AnarchoGrok View Post
                                I am in...

                                I have never been able to do a pull up and this is the year will be the year.
                                That's the spirit! Welcome, #59

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