NOTE: This thread was from 2012. If you want to join in, I suggest using this thread for 2013 instead: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/forum/thread75095.html
If you can't currently do an unassisted pull-up and you are ready to set this goal, this is the place for you! Reply to sign up.
And for those of you who can already do pull-ups (either before now, or since joining this challenge), please do stick around and offer your sage wisdom and/or cheering from the top of that bar!
First, a definition: "Pull-ups" are the type with your palms facing away; "chin-ups" with palms inward are easier for most people. But we're here to do a pull-up! (kipping or dead hang, just get that chin over the bar in an overhand grip without assistance.)
Some of us have never done a pull-up before in our lives, while others are trying to get back in condition to do pull-ups again. Depending on condition, inherent and trained upper body strength, etc., some will achieve a pull-up right away and others may take all year (or longer!) to get to our goal. Just focus on what it takes to get there, and try not to be dismayed by how long it may take you to get there.
The mere idea of officially signing up will be intimidating for some: "what if I can't do it by the end of the year?" I suggest that you sign up anyway as a way of making a commitment to yourself and as an additional reason to keep coming back here for tips and motivation.
Come back to this page for updates
You can come back to the first page any time for a synopsis because I'll continue editing the first few entries as follows:
- This first post has the latest sign-up list.
- The next replies below will include an ongoing summary of useful links and tips. I started with key items from the past thread and will add more from this current one.
Rather than assume everyone from last year necessarily wants to compete again, here's a fresh list of participants. Reply to let me know and I'll add you to the list.
2012 participants in alphabetical order."★" means pull-up achieved! Still accepting signups. (Final update 2013-01-07)
adameads ★ 2012-03-28
AliceAnne ★ 2012-11-30
Carolyn (iniQuity's GF)
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
Read on for the lists of of resources and tips, and after that replies from the participant community.