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    Pull up machine?

    I am about to start PBF, and I think for pull-ups the self-assessment is probably going to put me at the "one foot on chair" level. I am wondering if it might work as well, or better, to use the pullup machine at the gym. That way, I can see each workout how much weight I require to offset. Has anyone here used that method?

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    i have, but I noticed with the pull up machine you don't get near the natural movement, and not near as much of your core is engaged. I've been meaning to try using a workout band for assistance.

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    I think your best bet is to get a standard pull-up bar, mount it, and put your foot on a chair, just like PBF suggests. That's how I did it, and it improved my pull-up performance within two weeks. I'm not a superman at pull-ups--not by any stretch of the imagination--but I'm getting better quickly.

    Negative pull-ups also improve overall pull-up capability, too.

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    i agree with the other posters--a pull up machine is no replacement for a pull up bar. you can do the assisted pull ups with a chair, and it probably won't take you too long to build up the strength you need to do unassisted pull ups. just do them as often as you can (which means doing extra than what mark has in PBF).
    once you can do one unassisted pull up, try something called grease the groove, where you do repeated sets of one pull up. that will make you stronger...a lot stronger.

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    Thanks guys, I can actually already do unassisted pullups, but not enough to be at level 4 in PBF. I can do about 4-5 pullups, maybe 6-7 chinups.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darbbb View Post
    Thanks guys, I can actually already do unassisted pullups, but not enough to be at level 4 in PBF. I can do about 4-5 pullups, maybe 6-7 chinups.
    definitely try grease the groove. that will help get your numbers up. do 10 sets of 1 rep...and do it as often as you like.

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    First off, welcome to the wonderful world of pull-ups! They're my favorite exercise!

    I wrote an article about learning to do a pull-up in which I specifically address why Gravitrons and other pull-up machines are no good.

    Btw, does anyone else think the phrase "pull-up machine" is kind of an oxymoron?
    "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Al_Kavadlo View Post

    Btw, does anyone else think the phrase "pull-up machine" is kind of an oxymoron?
    not unless someone's using it to describe you


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    Quote Originally Posted by batty View Post
    not unless someone's using it to describe you
    Haha - thanks! Ya got me!
    "In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they couldn't be more different."

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    If you want some pull-up motivation you have to watch this guy. He is pretty famous on the internet for his pull-up exercises. He is incredible and I haven't seen anyone that can do what he does.

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