[quote]nothing beats a space at home for this, though. i could bang out 10x1 on these movements while dinner was cooking.[/quote]
Agreed, having a pullup bar at home and doing a couple of whatever progression I was in every time I walked through the door was the silver bullet.
Aaaahhh, pull ups are so hard but such a great core workout. It took me years to figure these out. Start with assisted pull ups and change up your grip. I found having my plams facing me made things easier.
After assisted pull ups, switch to slow negatives. Stand on a chair to put yourself in the finished up position then slowly lower yourself to a full hang. Begin with a five second count and progress to eight to twelve secs. Nothing else I ever tried worked until I used the negatives.
The best way to start doing a pull-up is to do assisted pull-ups. It's not only about losing weight, it's about developing your upper body strength, particularly the lats. Doing the pull-up movement with assistance will help with that. Also doing negatives will help (jumping up, holding on to the bar, then slowly lowering yourself down).
I do pullups with resistance bands to assist me at my crossfit gym, and though I do not have a real pull-up yet and I'm a ways away from getting one, my upper body strength has grown in leaps and bounds from where I started. So, sure, losing weight will of course make a pull-up easier for you, but that's not the entire picture :)
I never had much success starting out using a chair but works for some. I couldn't get the right angle I guess. Progressed much faster using a heavy band to start with super slow negatives.
I just went primal at the New Year and last weekend tried my first Lift Heavy Things day. I am not at all fit and was starting at level 1 for the 4 essential movements.
I still have 80 pounds to lose (already lost 20+) and am currently at 289 and I was trying chair assisted pull ups and I think almost all my upward movement was being driven by my legs. This thread is making me feel better about what I was not able to accomplish. I will keep on trying just to get my muscles used to the movements for a pull up but I won't expect much improvement until my weight loss progresses much further.
Stick with it, all the above,
ya gotta want it,
I started 9/2012, had already been eating low sugar when I found Primal.
I'll still eat whatever so we won't talk weight tonight.
Started the fitness program, pull ups were the worst,
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my level 1, but as a Ausie pullup, started at 5 rep and failure, then maybe 2 more before quitting that set.
I saw small progressions, and some setbacks,
but only now, 5 going on 6 months later, following the 2 x's a week protocol, am I approaching the 20 rep goal value(s).
Yeah, 20 reps Aussie style first set, 16 (30 second rest) + 7 for second set, 2/5/2013.
And the progressions are coming faster across all the 4 movements the last month or so.
Stick with it, ya gotta want it,
now about that eating thing,,,,,
I'm at 210 same as 9/12, but inches from my waiste are now up on my shoulder and chest.
[quote=primalrob;1085596]there are plenty of progressions that you can work on to help you get to full pull ups, which will make you stronger, and speed up that fat loss.
[url="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76hjvooux6u"]this guy has some good ones[/url][/quote]
Ask your husband to hold you and give you a boost while doing them.
[QUOTE=primalrob;1085677]can you do assisted pull ups?
i found that when i was originally building up to pull ups i could do assisted, reverse, horizontal pulls, etc. using a grease the groove fashion to get me where i wanted to be.
nothing beats a space at home for this, though. i could bang out 10x1 on these movements while dinner was cooking.[/QUOTE]
I've used the assisted pullup machine, but I don't think the movement is all that similar to a real pullup. I should use bands instead but haven't gotten around to wanting to spend the money. I've tried doing negatives on the playground but it can be difficult to find a playground with the right configuration of stuff. I tried negatives in the gym. Why do they put the pullup stations SO HIGH? I can't reach any of them. Back on the playground, I tried the kind of pullup where your feet are on the ground but I banged my head trying to use a ladder on one of those playground things. I haven't found another better playground yet. I decided to just forget about pullups for now.
Australian Pull Ups!
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