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  • I just realized that yesterday I got so busy cooking for a dinner party I threw that I neglected to do my pull ups. So, as a bit of self-flagellation, I jsut went out and made myself do a double set.

    Then this gets me thinking. If I am capable of doing double the reps, should that not be what I'm doing every day?

    Any thoughts? Intensity vs. reps? Pros/cons?

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    • Originally posted by spughy View Post
      OMG I almost did one!!!! Not quite from hanging - my feet were on the floor, arms stretched up - but I pulled up all the way to my nose!!!! So close!

      Maybe next week?
      Nice, I can pull all the way up this way, arms pretty much all the way stretched, no jumping involved, but still can't get going from a dead hang

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      • I'm starting to get biceps.

        Those should help.
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        • Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
          I just realized that yesterday I got so busy cooking for a dinner party I threw that I neglected to do my pull ups.
          Hope the dinner party was a success.

          Originally posted by Paleobird View Post
          So, as a bit of self-flagellation, I jsut went out and made myself do a double set.

          Then this gets me thinking. If I am capable of doing double the reps, should that not be what I'm doing every day?

          Any thoughts? Intensity vs. reps? Pros/cons?
          Sounds to me like the double-rep set should be your first repetition. Easier sets can follow, to avoid working to failure.

          I have no thoughts on the intensity vs. reps issue, since I don't know much about exercise science. My work tends to lean more toward the intensity side, rather than lots of reps, but that could just be because I'm lazy.

          While I'm here, I'll post my update: day before yesterday, I did two short hangs from the pegs on my pullup bar, then completed fairly controlled negatives (the second one was faster and less controlled than the first). That's a first for me, and I was totally surprised that I could do one, let alone two.
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          • Good job on the controlled negatives, Inquisitveone. Yes the dinner was awesome. I cooked a goose.

            I have decided to do the double reps on days that I'm not doing the whole LHT routine. Maybe ready to graduate to the next weaker woody band soon.

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            • Did 2 sets of 3 double leg assisted pullups, and hanging deadweight twice for a couple of seconds. I can feel my shoulders, but it's my hands that need to get stronger!! Still, having my feet off the ground was a great feeling. Might have pulled up by some nano-measurements, too

              ETA - I can mostly feel the muscles that run along the tops of my shoulders to my neck - is that where I should be feeling it first?
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              • Originally posted by Jac View Post
                Did 2 sets of 3 double leg assisted pullups, and hanging deadweight twice for a couple of seconds. I can feel my shoulders, but it's my hands that need to get stronger!! Still, having my feet off the ground was a great feeling. Might have pulled up by some nano-measurements, too

                ETA - I can mostly feel the muscles that run along the tops of my shoulders to my neck - is that where I should be feeling it first?
                I had this little gadget from when I did phsyical therapy after breaking a couple of fingers a few years ago. Most sports equipment shops carry them. I find it really helps work on grip strength. The spring can be set to the three different nubs there for progressive resistance.

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                • Hey all, sorry I haven't been able to record a video of my gf working pull ups. I surprised her with a bar adn some other workout equipment (push up handles, ab wheel roll out, pull up assistance band, elbow straps to use in ab work or hanging leg raises) and she's stoked and working at her pull ups in the comfort of her own home now while before she always had to do it here. The assistance band is really helping her, she can do positive reps with it now, she's working in sets of 3 and definitely getting stronger. She's working push ups along with pull ups and having a lot of fun with it in general which is awesome.

                  Paleobird: Since you can do more, DO more, but taper off after. Constant practice is key.

                  This is a video I recorded on 2/24/11 but I didn't post it because I decided it was probably best to have my gf demo the exercises I wanted to show but since we weren't able to I figure I'll just post this one now then whenever I can do something with her we'll show that here. I hope the video helps.



                  Edit: Notice the 3:00 mark how I change where my feet are positioned, that makes a difference in the leverage and weight distribution but also makes the movement more closely resemble an actual pull up. The other position was more of an Australian pull up.
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                  • Iniquity, thanks so much for that video! I had a total "Aha, I could do that!" moment. My kids have a swing set with rings, add a garden chair and voila! I'll let you know how I go.
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                    • I now have a pullup bar installed.

                      And I think I can do that modified one. Maybe.

                      Will be tried this afternoon.

                      I need to go back through the thread for all the links to the videos.
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                      • Originally posted by NourishedEm View Post
                        Iniquity, thanks so much for that video! I had a total "Aha, I could do that!" moment. My kids have a swing set with rings, add a garden chair and voila! I'll let you know how I go.
                        No prob. Yeah it's all about thinking outside the box a little bit sometimes, I think the bed sheet idea can come in handy for people that don't have a ring or any suspension training set up. I was just looking for something that was longer than a towel and that worked great and is (or should be, unless you really ran wild with the caveman thing) easily found in any household.

                        Definitely let me know how it goes!
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                        • Time to brag!

                          I'm a CrossFitter, so I do my pullup work at the gym. We have resistance bands for those who don't have unassisted pullups yet. When I started CF in December, I had to use 2 bands -- a green + a red. It didn't take too long for me to get down to one green band.

                          Yesterday we did this warmup (2 rounds): 10 air squats, 10 pushups, 10 box jumps, 10 pullups, 10 situps,
                          followed by this WOD ("Daniel"): 50 pullups, 400m run, 21 thrusters (96/65), 800m run, 21 thrusters, 400m run, 50 pullups.
                          That's a total of 120 pullups, and I did every single one with full extension (straight arms at the bottom to chin over the bar at the top) with one green band.

                          I think it's time to go down to a lighter band! Woo-hoo!!
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                          • Originally posted by DagnyT View Post
                            Time to brag!

                            I'm a CrossFitter, so I do my pullup work at the gym. We have resistance bands for those who don't have unassisted pullups yet. When I started CF in December, I had to use 2 bands -- a green + a red. It didn't take too long for me to get down to one green band.

                            Yesterday we did this warmup (2 rounds): 10 air squats, 10 pushups, 10 box jumps, 10 pullups, 10 situps,
                            followed by this WOD ("Daniel"): 50 pullups, 400m run, 21 thrusters (96/65), 800m run, 21 thrusters, 400m run, 50 pullups.
                            That's a total of 120 pullups, and I did every single one with full extension (straight arms at the bottom to chin over the bar at the top) with one green band.

                            I think it's time to go down to a lighter band! Woo-hoo!!
                            Well done, Dagny! Grunt back acha!

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                            • IniQuity, thanks for a great video—not “beyond crappy” at all! It's extremely helpful to me.

                              I have a question for you regarding progression. Using the front pegs (AKA penis grip, LOL), I can hold in the beginning position for a few seconds, then do a slow, controlled negative from there. Yesterday I tried to do the same thing with my hands in a normal, wide pullup grip, and even with just one foot barely on the chair, I couldn't maintain the initial position for any time. Is there something specific I should be doing in order to achieve that goal?

                              Again, thanks very much for your help and encouragement.
                              “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t — you’re right.” ~ Henry Ford

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                              • Another thank you to iniQuity!!!

                                I am so excited because I thought I was getting woody bands and sadly I cannot afford them till the summer when my job starts.

                                The bed sheet... I can TOTALLY do that!!!

                                Sigh... in 2 more weeks...

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