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I don't qualify because I can do one, and sometimes two, unassisted chinups. But I wanted to chime in and say that a year ago I never would have guessed I would ever be able to do one. I used resistance bands, which in my opinion are SO much better than supporting part of your weight on a chair, which is how I was trying to do them initially. I was totally surprised when I did my first chinup without a band, and was hollering "Look at me! Look at me!" to my husband like I was a little kid. Yeah, I was a little excited. You guys/gals will feel so awesome when you get your chin over the bar without any help!
Thank you so much for this story. You give us hope. It can and will be done.
I'm in all the way. Good idea on the top of the foot. I may try that tomorrow.
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Now just have to get myself a pull-up bar to install at home. Thought about practising on monkey-bars in the local playground, but (a) there are almost always some kids there, and (b) I can live without the curious looks and pointing and "Mummy, what's that funny lady doing over there?".....
See if you ladies can find any OLD resources/books on women and pull-ups. I was just reading through a book on fitness written in the 1940s and the coolest thing about it was every time they showed pictures of males or females they always described something physical they could do, meaning it wasn't just a picture of a fit female for rocks-off sake, but it would say "(girl's name) could do 15 chins, etc" I'll try to find it, it didn't detail how they got there, and you can tell they weren't sticks.
If you put in the time, the pull-ups will come. My gf who has not at all been consistent can hold herself at the " L " and is progressing that way. Work your negatives, work them hard! trying to get positive reps will be much easier once you can do SLOW negatives.
Negative: Jump up to the bar, hold with your chin over the bar, try to lower yourself as slowly and controlled as possible. You will go from wobbly mess to controlled negative in a few weeks time. Eventually do it for reps and start stopping yourself at various points of the negative. Once you're strong at that, stop halfway through the rep and try to pull yourself up. Consider working on chin ups first (palms facing you) as they'll build your biceps along with your back more directly than pull ups will, but practice both daily! daily practice is key. Good luck to you all, I'll be watching...
This video explains that pretty well:
- practice daily, and several times a day if you're "fresh" (no muscle fatigue)
- don't work to failure, though I'd argue that the assisted ones she did at the end sort of qualify as pushing failure, but that's really not too big a deal. Once in a while really "punish" the muscle, but most of the time keep it fresh.
Edit: Males have the advantage of testosterone, we will achieve pull ups faster than females. I think it's best to keep this female-only so that it's a level playing field. Us males can make our own challenge, but I can do quite a few already so I can't play
I definitely recommend checking out Al Kavadlo's inspirational and informative pullup videos over on his site!
I can't do a single full one yet but can do several Australian pullups in a variety of forms.
My personal goal for...some time in 2011...is to be able to do 6 full, good form pullups or kips or neutrals or whatever.
No need to include me on the list - I like iniQuity's idea of having a separate one for guys.
Good luck ladies!!