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    Where to begin to work towards pull-ups?

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    Let's say that I want to begin the recommended Primal exercise routine, and start with pushups, pullups, squats and planks twice a week, but I am completely out of shape and I have a ton of weight to lose. There is no way that I'll be pulling up my body weight for a long time, until I drop a lot of weight.

    In the meantime, where should I begin? I want to work out in my home. I've seen recommendations for Australian pull ups or resistance-band-assisted pull ups - should I begin with one of these? Can I do them safely in my home? What gear do I need?

    Or is there another exercise I should substitute for a while, as I build up my fitness level and lose weight?

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    Do lots of negatives, letting yourself down slowly. Use your feet at first if necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr. Anthony View Post
    Do lots of negatives, letting yourself down slowly. Use your feet at first if necessary.

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    I second what Mr Anthony said. do negatives and statics if you can.....Statics into negatives will burn and hurt like hell but if you have the will power to hold through the pain barrier then you will experience good muscle development leading to a better effort in 3 or 4 days time...Keep track of your TUL (Time under Load) and it should increase as time goes by.

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    Get the You Are Your Own Gym app by Mark Lauren. No real eqpt needed and excellent progressions

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    in thr PBF book (one of the free ones) theres links to videos that show where to start when you're really unfit, like me. Ive started with them - truckload of weight to lose and 6 weeks post surgery. Take a look -its a really good place to start when you don't know much and don't need anything to start- check you got the free books.
    I started with the walking then the wall push-ups,
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    Funny that you should post this today.

    I just started body weight progressions from the Fitness 666 web site. My goal is to be doing pull ups by the end of summer. For inspiration, I went on you tube and watched some videos. Just like the recommendations above, most experts recommend starting by lowering yourself down from the bar. I really liked the progression from scooby1961 (How To Do Your First Pull Up).

    BTW, I still have about 40 lbs to lose, but I am going for it. Good Luck!
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    Your biggest initial limitation with doing negatives might be your grip strength. You might have to start with simply hanging from the bar.
    Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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    I do a combo of band assisted, hanging from the bar and ring rows. I never did get the hang of using my legs.
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    I think it's best to start with chin-ups (palms facing you). Last year I was finally able to do chin-ups, I used the bands and negatives to start. I still can't do a pull-up, they are much harder.

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