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Old 10-07-2008, 01:49 PM   #1
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I have never been able to do a pull up. I want to add them into my routine. I am 290lbs. 6'2 and steady dropping weight. What could I do to help me work up to attaining this goal?
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Old 10-07-2008, 01:51 PM   #2
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Well, diet is gonna get you the weight drop as you know.

Start working jumping pullups and pullup negatives. Band assisted pullups might help as well.
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Find a really low bar. Jumping pullups or assists with bands can work. Just do the Grease the Grove thing.....install a bar at home....do a couple jumping pullups every time you want by....lose weight and soon enough it will get easier and easier.
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Well, diet is gonna get you the weight drop as you know.

Start working jumping pullups and pullup negatives. Band assisted pullups might help as well.
What are pullup negatives?
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What are pullup negatives?
Jump up.....support your bodyweight at the top and lower yourself slowly all the way down. (eccentric movement control)
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Old 10-07-2008, 03:10 PM   #6
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If you do not have elastic bands but your gym has one of those graviton assisted pull-up machines that can be useful. Just be sure to keep lowering the assisted weight so you eventually ween yourself off of it

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Old 10-08-2008, 07:02 AM   #7
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In addition to doing the whole "grease the groove" thing make sure you do your pull-ups right at the start of your workouts so you aren't doing them fatigued.
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Old 10-08-2008, 08:34 AM   #8
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I have never been able to do a pull up. I want to add them into my routine. I am 290lbs. 6'2 and steady dropping weight. What could I do to help me work up to attaining this goal?
another vote for Pavel's GTG. Your BW will make it a challenge for sure but it's doable. singles and negatives will be your friend. another thing I've gotten carryover from big sloppy barbell rows.

At a fat 5'10"/235 I worked up to 18 deadhang in about 3 months just using a pullup bar in my kitchen daily 25-50 reps total per day. did it again recently but frankly, at 205 it's ridiculous, it took about three weeks to build up.
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Old 10-08-2008, 10:47 AM   #9
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I have no idea how GTG will work with someone who can't do pull-ups already, there's just a huge gap between jumping pull-ups and pull-ups. I could see the negatives working out, but again, even a negative can be difficult.

I'm working with a guy right now who's ~295, and he's on the verge of a pull-up, though it's been a pretty long time getting there. I used the Iron Woody bands, used a rep scheme like:

3x3, 4x3, 5x3,
3x4, 4x4, 5x4,
3x5, 4x5, 5x5.

With each band, starting actually with multiple bands. So, we'd spend a few weeks on each band. He's now on the mini. He started on a combination of the Large and medium, which I feel ended up being 150-200# of assistance at the bottom.

Took awhile, but it worked.
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