Have any of you ladies had any success since this thread kinda died off? I'm desperately trying to pull off my first unassisted pull up by the end of 2012. I too have the problem of the first few inches, the starting off movement. I am down to my smallest resistance band and can do 4-5 in a row with it but cannot get going at all without the band. I can sort of do chin ups. At least I can get a more full range of unassisted motion with a chin up. I thought I would get stronger faster by only focusing on the pull up way of holding on. Would I be better off going back to the chin up hold to build up strength first?
Also, not sure how to explain but should I be "dead holding" in a more "flexed" position rather than in the kind of "shoulders pulled out of sockets" way? Hope you all know what I'm trying to explain by that. It feels impossible to recruit any muscles at all from that position from comment in some other thread I wondered if I was going to injure myself trying to move out of that.