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Can't do a pull up yet
Can't do a pull up yet
1/6/13 7:20 AM
I'm in week one and i'm trying to do the pull up bar for P90x, but I can't even do one. I use the chair to help me but I feel like I won't make any progress by using it a a crutch. What should I do? Keep using the chair?
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RE: Can't do a pull up yet
1/6/13 8:19 AM as a reply to CarnagePatchKid.
Hi,
This is not uncommon, pull-ups are hard! A couple of options. You could invest in the pull-up assist sold by Beachbody, or maybe rig a band to accomplish the same thing. You can also help yourself get stronger by:
1 - using the chair to get up, and then taking your feet off the chair and lowering yourself as slowly as possible, ie, do negative pull-ups.
2 - To start, you might try doing a limited range of motion - not going all the way down.

Keep trying is the best advice. When I started I could barley do 2 or 3. Now I can do 15+ on a good day.

Best of luck!
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RE: Can't do a pull up yet
1/9/13 6:01 PM as a reply to CarnagePatchKid.
Pull-ups are a weakness almost everyone faces. For some it takes some extra time and effort. Negatives are good, use a chair to help you on the way up and try to slowly lower yourself. This may also be difficult at first, so you may want to try to just hang from the bar for 30 second reps. Do 3-5 sets of these in conjuction with the negatives 3x a week for a month while you do the rest of the program.
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RE: Can't do a pull up yet
1/10/13 9:17 AM as a reply to CarnagePatchKid.
I too could not do a single unassisted pullup when I first started. I would say use the chair and maintain a full range of motion while using the chair. Now eventually you're going to have to try and do things without the chair or you'll never be able to do it.

So doing a half pullup without it, or just whatever you can do. Just try it, see how you do. Use your assist for the remainder. Doing negatives will definitely build those muscles also, so that's a good idea as well. Just keep at it and keep pushing yourself, you'll get there.

I started couldn't hardly lift myself even an inch off the floor, now about 7 months later I can do 3 sets of 8 unassisted. Their hard, but you can make it happen.
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