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    Well, women's abdominals are built so differently then mens, which is what makes this such a challenge. This is why they are no longer a requirement for basic training.
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    WOW 84 people so far! (I was hoping for a dozen maybe.) WOOT

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    Quote Originally Posted by lil_earthmomma View Post
    Well, women's abdominals are built so differently then mens, which is what makes this such a challenge. This is why they are no longer a requirement for basic training.
    Yeah, our whole center of gravity is lower. I didn't know that they were no longer required in basic training. I guess it would cut out too many potential recruits if they insisted on it.

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    I'm in too! I don't have a pull up bar, but somehow my boyfriend does pull-ups on the bathroom door. So I'll use that and the neighborhood playground.

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    I'm in !
    Hubby bought me a pull-up bar for christmas, so no excuses...

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    Quote Originally Posted by girl scout View Post
    I'm in !
    Hubby bought me a pull-up bar for christmas, so no excuses...
    That guy is a keeper!

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    I'm in too!

    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?".....

    Has anybody tried using one of these kinds of bars, and are they really secure?
    http://www.taller.com.au/gym-equipme...ble-chinup-bar
    http://www.amazon.com/EZ-Chin-Up-Bar.../dp/B000TZPN2G

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    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:



    Take aways:

    - 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
    Last edited by iniQuity; 01-07-2011 at 04:58 AM.

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    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!!
    Last edited by carlh; 01-07-2011 at 05:56 AM.

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    I'm in as well.

    I'm still doing pull-ups with two legs assisting but have noticed how much the strength in my arms has increased over the past 10 days. Definite progress and I know that I will keep pushing it

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