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Old 01-31-11, 09:10 AM  
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At one point, I had built up to being able to do 1 3/4 chin-ups. That first one was such a 'wow!' experience: finally going over the bar for the first tiime.

Siince then, I haven't kept up with them, and it's definitely a 'use it or lose it' situation.

I'm not sure at this point if I feel the need to be able to do them. They may be beneficial for correcting some imbalances/weaknesses that keep me from doing them easily (from previous discussions of them, I discovered that while I couldn't do as many (any!) pull-ups/chin-ups as some people, I was lifting more for my back than some of these same people, which suggested to me that my problem was less one of strength than of muscle activiation or some other technique difficulty or--as mentioned above--a weakness somewhere in the kinetic chain that doesn't show up when I do rows, for example).
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Old 01-31-11, 09:44 AM  
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My personal best was 7 in a row. I can still eek out 1 or 2. We have a pull-up bar in the doorway between the laundry room and kitchen. People assume it's for one or both of my sons. They never touched it until about a year ago, when my oldest (20) started getting an interest in it.
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Old 01-31-11, 10:15 AM  
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I do 'em too. For a while I was doing 4 different types after my workouts. I really need to add them back in.

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Old 01-31-11, 10:22 AM  
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Yes, I've been able to do them for quite a while now. Pavel wrote a great article in the Naked Warrior, Grease the Groove. To get good at something, you have to practice. My pull up bar is left out all the time. It's between my bedroom and my bathroom.

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Old 01-31-11, 10:50 AM  
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Thank you nyxblack1

She gave some good advice. I read an article and it hit home with me today. Glad you posted that.

I'm glad she spoke out on certain blogs also.


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Old 01-31-11, 02:56 PM  
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I bought some Superbands at Perform Better to help me. I was able to do some chin-ups on my own but now I have to build up to them again. I never could do a pull-up without a band. Some VFers bought Woodybands.
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Old 01-31-11, 03:22 PM  
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I do them 4-5x a week right before my workout. I find if I don't do them consistently, I lose the strength to do them. I think when I finished P90X, I did either 5 or 6 chinups in a row. Now I usually eke out 2 or 3.

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Old 01-31-11, 05:17 PM  
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I try to do 10 sets of 3-4 with 30-60 seconds rest between sets once per week.

I can do 7 pullups, but I've never try to max out chinups. My pullup bar is between my kitchen and living room. My son wanted it there and he uses it whenever he passes through. He can do 30 + pullups without blinking an eye. But he is also 15!

You've got to do them to get good at them. Grease the Groove is awesome. I started with sets of 1 and built up from there.
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Old 02-01-11, 08:19 AM  
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Thank you nyxblack1

She gave some good advice. I read an article and it hit home with me today. Glad you posted that.
Welcome! I couldn't even pull myself up one inch before I started that.
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Old 02-01-11, 10:34 AM  
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How many of you women can do these? What other exercises can you do in place of these to strengthen the same body parts?
I've been doing these since 1999. I think they're a great goal to reach for.

A couple of things to keep in mind:

Being lean really helps because you're lifting your entire body weight. Any extra fat means extra pounds you need to lift. That extra fat is like adding more weight to a barbell for a lift.

If you're used to lifting with videos, this is going to be a very different kind of lifting. It's much more intensity in a shorter amount of time. It will feel very different than the endurance style lifting you see in most videos.

I think negatives are a great way to increase your pulling strength. BUT you need to be pretty strong to do them. If you can't control yourself during throughout the negative part of the chin-up (i.e. if you drop like a stone), hold off on the negatives until you build enough strength.

Make sure you keep your shoulder girdle tight at the bottom of the movement: protect your rotator cuffs.


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