Nobody knows I'm here yet I don't think, but I started trying to work on these before I actually stumbled onto the challenge. (Just started PB on Oct 1st.) I've gotten so I can pull without jumping or pushing off, just lifting from standing position, up to my nose. Progress!! Maybe I WILL make it by the the end of the year? I ordered some bands to try and get working on the full hanging position as I seem totally unable to start down there and get up at all!
How's everybody else doing?
Aha! did my first un-assisted strict pullup today! Actually did three!
I've buggered my shoulder in such a way that kipping sometimes hurts and I read I shouldn't be doing kipping until my shoulder strength is better. So instead of stopping pullups to let my shoulder heal I've been focusing on strict pullups with the band (10 at a time). I know that's probably not helping the injury (not sure what I did other than overuse) but I just couldn't go the year without getting at least one without a band!
Kipping is the best way to destroy your shoulder. Nobody should do it, ever, unless it's an emergency and kipping will somehow save the day...I can imagine 0 examples. Kipping is also a lazy excuse for a real movement. You aren't engaging your muscles, you're just flopping around like a fool for no reason. It's better to do ONE super-slow half-rep of a real chin-up than any amount of kips. Hell, just hanging onto the bar for as long as you can will do more for you than kipping.
I am still struggling with my pull-ups. Can't do a single one, and it feels that there is no progress at all... I had no idea how hard this would be!
So my deepest respect to all of you who can do a pull-up!
I did it I did it I did it!!!! Only one but I got up there!
Big congratulations to AliceAnne and Excursivey! I marked you both down on the front page. :)
And with that, our 2012 challenge is done! This year's successes:
adameads ★ 2012-03-28
AliceAnne ★ 2012-11-30
excursivey ★ 2012-12-12
Kakes ★ 2012-02-13
MFSUNSHINE ★ 2012-03-28
naiadknight ★ 2012-01-21
PrimalJosh ★ 2012-07-02
Tribal Rob ★ 2012-05-02
Urban Forager ★ 2012-08-08
I honestly congratulate everyone for participating, whether you're on the list above or not -- we're all taking steps in the right direction for our health.
So, anybody want to start a thread for 2013? Assuming nobody beat me to it and did already! I haven't been nearly as available as I have wanted so I can't feel right about re-volunteering, myself.
I'm in!!! I have never done one and really want to be able too :3
Hi Icepaw! This thread is actually from last year and I'm no longer maintaining it. (I didn't have time to do that last year either....)
I suggest using this thread for 2013 instead: [url]http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread75095.html[/url]
Good luck in your efforts!