I have been lifting for 7 months now. It was never about strength to me but always about shedding body fat but the thing I am weakest at is Pull-ups..any ideas for exercises to help strengthen my pull up reps.
Thread: Pull Up Question
01-02-2013, 02:49 PM #1
01-02-2013, 02:54 PM #2
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01-02-2013, 03:19 PM #3
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Pavel Tsatsouline often refers to a technique that he calls "greasing the groove" or GTG. The idea behind this is to put in a lot of volume at a sub maximal effort. So let's say you can do five pullups. The protocol (really more of a premise) would be to do one pullup every "once in a while." The original illustration of this was his father-in-law wanting to do more pullups. So every time his FIL went to the basement he did one pullup. His FIL was in and out of the basement numerous times through the day, so it worked out. I would probably hang a pullup bar in my kitchen door and do one every time I went out to nibble on something. Anyway, you get the idea. Over the course of a day, you might do 15-20 SINGLE pullups. Over the course of a month, you will have accumulated several hundred pullups under your belt, and when you go back to see how many pullups you can do in a row... ta-da! You are stringing along 10-20 reps (results may vary and other disclaimers here).
This works well if you can spread your effort and get a decent volume. Doing 3 in a day, over the course of 30 minutes probably isn't going to get you where you want to go. If you can spread some out so you have a little morning, noon, and night action going on you will be better off.
The trick is to not think of this too much. Be faithful to getting the volume and not straining yourself too much. Wait a month and then test progress.GoRuck Challenge Journal: http://forum.bodybuilding.com/showthread.php?t=150446113
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01-02-2013, 03:23 PM #4
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Go heavy on weighted chin-ups and lat pulldowns.
Go heavy on other back exercises e.g. bb rows, t-bar rows
Go heavy on biceps
Lower your body fat
Stop gaining muscle on your legs (only do this if you're desperate)
When I say go heavy I mean sacrifice form for explosive power
01-02-2013, 03:24 PM #5
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01-02-2013, 05:18 PM #7
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01-02-2013, 06:25 PM #8
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01-02-2013, 06:47 PM #9
01-02-2013, 07:48 PM #10
I remember when I was a poolee for the marines I was super out of shape I was in shop and built a standing pull up bar I also used the support beams in my barn. I practiced pull-ups all the time just kept doing them. At first I couldn't do any I'd just hang there and try till my eyes were gonna explode. But then just hanging there became 1 pull-up then it became 2 and so on I left for bootcamp doing 12! All it took was trying them over and over and over again.
01-02-2013, 08:58 PM #11
Start with just hanging aim for 10 seconds with no movement but hanging..minute rest repeat 5 times
once that becomes a peice of cake,or if it already is trying pulling youself half way up,only aim for half way
As it becomes easier and easier to each pull yourself up half way, start to aim alil higer and repeat process untill you can finally do 1 full pullup rep.
01-02-2013, 09:18 PM #12
I bought myself one of those pullup bars that hang on the door, I also bought some power bands that assist in my pullups. I do as many assisted pullups with the band until failure, which is about four assisted pullups, then I start doing negative pullups. My goal is to do ONE FRIGGIN PULLUP! I have never done one single pullup in my entire 36 years, this is gonna be the year I do dang pullups!!!!
This is what I'm doing at the moment. *This is not my video, I found it looking for assisted band pullups*.
I like this guys plan.
01-02-2013, 09:21 PM #13
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