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Putting Together a Pull Up Plan

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Quest for "Sarah Connor pullups" continues...

I found a way to simulate assisted pullups: the swimming pool.

The DH and I went for a walk along the beach, wading in the water. The Georgia beaches are packed today because of the heat. We stopped in downtown Savannah for lunch, then headed home, where we jumped in the pool. In a moment of epiphany, I grabbed the side of the pool and found a way to do an assisted pull-up.

The motion of grabbing the side of the pool, then chucking yourself over the edge is not too unlike a pull up. As I am unable to do a pull up, I am also unable to pick myself up over the edge of the swimming pool gracefully. I have to throw my leg over the edge and flop over like a seal. Saving myself the embarrassment, I usually swim over to a ladder.

I tried to focus on the muscles being used. I attempted both a wide grip and narrow grip, and I could notice the difference. The narrow grip made my triceps and lower abs/back burn. Wide grip burned more of my rear delts, but also lower abs/back.

Yesterday I took a break from pushups because I was a bit sore. From my 'assisted' pullups results today, I'm going to add tricep kickbacks and core exercises. I'm thinking yoga and swimming are fun ways to build up core strength.
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    WOUBBIE: Yay! It's funny, but as I walk around I find myself looking for all kind of things to hang from - lol!

    BOB240: Thanks for your input. I agree that extra bodyfat is dead weight, and losing more fat is beneficial overall.
    2031 days ago
  • BOB240
    Ok.... not knowing who Sarah Connor is I did a google and found this:


    mm.. SHE'S CHEATING. In a pull up you extend down to a drop -arms fully extended- then all the way up!

    Here if you want something to really aim for:


    Any irrational goals aside: Deadlifts will help if you want to do this.

    I know there is debate about bodyfat (although Ms Connor - or her body double - must be around 12% bodyfat) but in my view this is very much like running. Any fat is deadweight for a pull-up. Try doing a deadlift of your own body weight (deadlifts are easier than pull ups) then try adding 15 pounds... There is a big difference!

    I would go back to my first point. You look great! Although Ms Connor has some attractions - her body image is an acquired taste!..

    2031 days ago
  • BILL60
    Way to go!!
    2031 days ago
    2031 days ago

    I found an odd way to evaluate my own progress! As I walk down my staircase I can grab the edge of the upper floor and pull up on it - not that I can even lift myself a micron yet!

    Wow. Think what a stong swimmer you're going to be after this!!!
    2031 days ago
    I loved your blog! I love it when I have a great goal to shoot for, like your sarah conners pushups! ((HUGS)) thanks!
    2031 days ago
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