Best Method to being able to do pull-ups

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    Nov 14, 2007 11:02 AM GMT
    Hihi peeps, i'm having major trouble trying to do pull-ups. so i was wondering what is the best training method to doing pull-ups?

    asking quite a few people, i get various answers like:
    1. doing push-ups
    2. trying to hang on the bar as long as possible
    3. lifting small weights

    so what is your opinion?
    i really appreciate your response. icon_smile.gif
  • GQjock

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    Nov 14, 2007 11:09 AM GMT
    Pull-ups are basically lats when it comes to muscle work
    so to beef them up so to speak get acquainted with the lat pull-down machine
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    Nov 14, 2007 3:48 PM GMT
    You might start with assisted pull ups, where you can use a bench (or a spotter/workout buddy) to give you a little boost to complete a set of reps, or rep if you're just getting started.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 14, 2007 4:23 PM GMT
    great responses- agree with both.

    Also try decline push ups. Strong lats are helpful, but don't forget to build ur biceps/ triceps. I am not huge in the lat dept. but I can do 20 pull ups all the way down all the way up without too much difficulty.

    good luck!!

    mike3
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    Nov 14, 2007 8:46 PM GMT
    four months ago I couldn't do three reps of pull ups!

    My gym has ropes with rings at the end, I used to hold the rings, and almost lay down in the floor, then pull my upper body up, sounds easy?...do several sets of 15 and you'll see! you can also do that with the Smith Machine...

    I also used the pull up machine that has weights so basically makes it easier, I took weight off every week until didn't need any....

    a month ago I did the first set of pull ups by myself....now I'm doing 4 sets of 15 reps! they work! feels great!
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    Nov 14, 2007 8:54 PM GMT
    I have been doing negative pull-ups and they have been increasing my strength tremendously. I've been making them more difficult by doing a really slow descent and pausing in the middle of the descent for a three-count pbefore lowering all the way down; then I use the aid of a step to easily hop back up the starting position. It's a really satisfying exercise because your muscles literally start shaking with exhaustion! When I first started (three weeks ago), I could only do four on my first set - and now I am already up to ten on my first set. Am waiting until I can do three sets of 12 and then I am going to tackle pull-up's again - I imagine I'll see a huge difference.
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    Nov 14, 2007 11:03 PM GMT
    Try the inverted pull-ups on the 12 week workout plan. It really really increased my strength ..I cando hangin pullups but since i don't like doing them i would "forget" to do them.
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    Nov 15, 2007 1:09 AM GMT
    Innerathlete has it down. I've been doing a variation of these also, only hanging a 20 lb. dumbbell from my waist. Try doing some lat exercises with a cable cross machine. Once your stronger in your lats go to the pull up bar.
    Good luck
    Joe
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    Dec 18, 2007 8:45 PM GMT
    I've done a combination of assisted pull ups, lat pulldown machine/cable, and just attempting to do as many pull ups as you can with each workout.

    Honestly, it has been only in the last four to five years that I have incorporated pull ups into my workout. In the past, I always relied on lat pulldowns, dumbbell rows, and other back exercises.

    You also have to consider that pull ups, as an exercise, is an strength and endurance exercise. So, the focus is on the weight and the number of repetitions.

    Kevin