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Old 06-10-12, 01:41 PM  
Lucky Star
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Question ? re: bodyweight and pullups

I am starting to get more into bodyweight training. I've been enjoying HC ('beginner' w/o's only so far which I find plenty challenging!) along with some Pilates, yoga, CS, etc. I realize I'm late to the party but lately I'm enchanted with the idea of equipment-free functional fitness training. I also like short bursts of interval exercise. (Baby-step Tabatas?) I'm renewing my interest in Firm Express and am looking into Pace Express and am also curious about Mindy Mylrea's 6 Minutes to Slim It set - awful title isn't it?

So this brings me to the subject of the pullup, which has always been a pie-in-the-sky exercise to me. If I were to focus on horizontal pullups (a la the Equalizer) would that be a good enough goal for someone with weak upper body strength like me? I'm not planning on becoming a superwoman, just functionally strong and balanced. Do you think horizontal pullups would accomplish that to some degree? And is there something more affordable than the $100 Equalizer that's equally versatile - maybe a 1-piece unit, or something that screws into the wall?

As always, your thoughts and comments are greatly appreciated.
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