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Old 10-29-2003, 02:45 PM   #1
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A crazy idea....but I thought I would run it by a group of folks who might appreciate a crazy idea.

Typically on most of the WODs I cannot hit the max pull-ups....so I do negatives or have someone spot me. What do you think about hanging inverted from my pull-up bar and simulate the pull-up process by using dumbbells?
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Old 10-29-2003, 03:13 PM   #2
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Not much. I like your first idea better.
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Old 10-29-2003, 04:33 PM   #3
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Mark,

Keep in mind that a lot of us--definitely me more than most, I think, since I'm a relatively big (225#)guy--break up the pullups into singles and doubles. The workout I did yesterday (October 22; I'm always a bit behind), I did singles for almost all the pullups. I do one, drop, get back up, do one, drop, get back up, do one, etc. I alternate over and under grip. If one feels better, I'll do two of that to one of the other.

It's a grind, but I get it done. Even if you have to do negatives, I'd do that before switching exercises. If you can access a Gravitron or similar machine, that would be good too.

If something's worth doing well, it's worth doing poorly until you can do it well. I stink at HSPU, but someday I'll be good. It's just a matter of time.
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Old 10-29-2003, 05:25 PM   #4
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Mark,

You heard from two of the sites best. I've heard of "alternative" being successfully used in a lot of things, unfortunately, pull ups is not one of them. This is one of those things where "instant gratification" loses. Good luck.
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Old 10-29-2003, 11:36 PM   #5
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Mark M.

It sounds like you have both the equipment and the opportunity to do pullups. The only way to get better at them is to do them.

I'm a slightly heavier Clydesdale than Barry - 245# - and when I get an opportunity to do pull ups I too do it in singles and doubles. I substitute heavy pulldowns only because I don't have access to pullup equipment - if I did that would always be first choice.

Keep at the pullups. You'll get stronger before you know it.

Good Luck.
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Old 10-30-2003, 06:35 AM   #6
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Thanks guys....I am not as bad off as I thought. I can usually squeeze off sets of 3 - 6.
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Old 10-30-2003, 07:05 AM   #7
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Mark,

Investigate the Recon Ron pull up program. Alot of people have had great success with it. Just one of many options.

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Old 10-30-2003, 08:28 AM   #8
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I am also over 200lbs, and I can at best do 5 chins in a row, then I'd have to rest a minute and maybe get out a few more. I can do singles almost 'til the cows come home, but after I've totaled 30 or so I can do no more.
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Old 10-30-2003, 08:52 AM   #9
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Mark,

I just started the Recon Ron program a couple of days ago. I've got this god awful crick between my shoulders tho.

Sean,

I crack up everytime I see "Nardpuncher" has posted.
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Old 10-30-2003, 09:10 AM   #10
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Mark,

I don't know if this is a good program or not (we'll find out), but my current plan to improve my pull-ups is to make sure I do 300 every week. This is based on the theory that the way to do more pull-ups is to do more pull-ups.

I think I'm going to take a one week break roughly every seven weeks or so, from both pull-ups and CrossFit as a whole. I may change my mind, but that's my current plan of attack. It's simple, and seems to have the important stuff covered.
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