Pull ups in my Kitchen

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    Jul 12, 2011 7:45 PM GMT
    Ok, so I'm new here. I'm also intimidated by all the photos of huge men--and, of course, titillated as well--but I'm just now starting off in my workouts.

    I'm 32 and out of shape. I'm 6 months off cigarettes (easier than I thought, actually) and I'm taking on a new endeavor: working out. As a start, I'm lifting and running, and my hardest moment came when I realized I couldn't do a pull-up (while in the gym), and I just didn't want to fail ... in public. I know, I know ... but the inner kid in me screams, "Aiiieee!" when I think about trying new things around all those ridiculously fit blokes. (The kid in me also like the frosted side, so there we are, as well)

    So I spent $30 and bought one of those "No Damage" to the door frame pull-up gadgets and put it up in my kitchen doorway (the only one in the house where it would fit). Every damn time I walk under it, I do 20-40 attempts, and I'm loving it. It's also fun since my doorways are 8 feet tall, so I have to get a good jump just to grab onto the handles. Then I hang there for 30 seconds, allowing my arms to stretch and my brain to pray. It all combines to a rather peaceful 90 seconds, five times a day.

    After 7 days of this, making around 160 attempts (no bullshit) a day, I'm feeling real strength develop in me. And I'm getting excited. Because of that damned bar in my kitchen I wake up looking forward to situps and pushups. I feel like I've been an idiot all these years for putting it off.

    I just wanted to share that. Maybe I'll feel good enough to put a shirtless photo up one day.

    Hope y'all are well,
    Askle
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    Jul 12, 2011 8:03 PM GMT
    That's kinda how I accumulated a home gym. Every time I buy a new piece of equipment, it's like a new toy. icon_lol.gif
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    Jul 12, 2011 8:55 PM GMT
    That's great - congratulations and keep up the good work. Another thing that might help you is using bands to build strength. They support some of your weight and you just slowly wean yourself off them as you get stronger.

    I did a quick google search and found these: http://www.ironwoodyfitness.com/fitness-bands.php
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    Jul 12, 2011 10:48 PM GMT
    To the OP, good for you. Never too late to work towards getting healthier and in better shape! Keep it up!
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    Jul 12, 2011 10:57 PM GMT
    Great going, OP!! I have a freestanding pullup bar at home, and it's terrific!!

    Don't know about the ones that go in-between the door, I'm sure it's a great workout, but you sure it's secure?
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    Jul 13, 2011 12:30 AM GMT
    Double congrats ! (Quitting smoking and beginning working out.)
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    Jul 14, 2011 1:03 AM GMT
    Recommend Perfect Pushup version 2 handles. Under $40 for a pair.