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What “fitness feat” have you always wanted to accomplish? I think we all have something in mind, a seemingly insurmountable task that we just wish, for whatever reason, we could do. You see other people accomplish it with ease, and you secretly wish that you were them—even just for a minute—to know what it feels like.

I remember, as an overweight kid, when it was time to do pull ups for the President's Fitness Challenge in gym class. Oh no! The embarrassment of not being able to perform one repetition! I even had a hard time with the bent arm hang, which was supposed to be easier than the actual pull ups. How I wished I were like the “skinny” kids who could proudly perform several pull ups without struggling.

Do you have a similar experience? Whether you were unfit as a kid, or just like to keep challenging your fitness level now, your dream may not be as far out of reach as you once thought. This new series of articles will offer training tips for some common fitness goals for men and women—pull ups, real pushups, and even running a mile! With some hard work and dedication, you can do these things and more! To make your fitness dreams come true once and for all, click on the links below for detailed training programs that will get you there, step by step.

You Can Progress to a Pull Up
You Can Do Perfect Pushups
You Can Run a Mile Without Stopping

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Jason Anderson Jason Anderson
Jason loves to see people realize the benefits of a healthy, active lifestyle. He is a certified personal trainer and enjoys running races--from 5Ks to 50K ultramarathons. See all of Jason's articles.

Member Comments

  • I would love to do a pull-up. A split no thanks. - 5/21/2013 8:37:12 AM
  • I finally reached the ability to run a mile without stopping. Now, I would like to do a 5K. - 4/15/2013 8:58:39 AM
  • CAROLITE
    Exercising and keeping fit for me is crucial to feel all right. Because of my work I can not visit gym regularly, but I keep shape by taking Military Grade Supplements which make me always ready for active workouts. The recovery time is impressive even after long breaks. I feel energized when I exercise and throughout the day. - 1/17/2013 2:10:56 PM
  • I would like to do a sit-up (or crunch) without killing my neck & also jog at least a mile without running out of breath. - 10/25/2012 12:23:13 PM
  • I want to be able to do a plank! - 10/20/2012 12:11:18 PM
  • I want to be able to go a pull up too.
    I was a extremely skinny in elementary school and the pull up was something I could never accomplish.
    - 10/11/2012 7:30:52 AM
  • OK...can't wait to do it. THANKS! - 9/20/2012 10:49:38 AM
  • OK...can't wait to do it. THANKS! - 9/20/2012 10:49:37 AM
  • Can't wait to perfect my pushups, but I want to be able to do a full split! - 5/12/2011 7:50:32 AM
  • Oh my, the President's Fitness stuff brings back memories, none of them pleasant. I was a sickly, very skinny kid but P.E. was traumatic! And sports? Yikes.

    I'm aiming to get fit enough to do agility with my dog and to hike & maybe backpack. Active recreation seems fun & not like "working out"!
    - 3/21/2011 7:41:44 PM
  • I too would love to be able to do "the splits," both with my legs out to the side and with them out to the front! For now, thanks so much for the pull-up progression. It's working so far! :) - 3/6/2011 11:43:15 PM
  • My yoga instructor can split her legs and lie down face first on the floor to add a deep stretch to her back. I run alot so my hamstring muscles don't want to stretch even very far in a v-stretch. Any suggestions on how to achieve the stretch she does or do I have to quit running so much? - 3/22/2010 5:46:23 PM
  • Hi, I enjoyed the article "you can do a pull-up". I would like help training to be able to do Zumba without being out of breath & having to sit out 1/2 of the class. I'm just starting on my weight loss journey. I'd like to lose 30 to 40 lbs. I now weigh 174. Any tips you could give me, would be greatly appreciated.
    Thank you - 3/21/2010 11:59:31 AM
  • EM_ORTIZ
    I second (third? fifth? ...) the splits! Oh, I always wanted to be able to do those! For now, I'll settle for pull-ups. :) - 2/19/2010 4:47:44 AM
  • This is a great idea! For me, working at being able to perform some impressive stuff is a great motivation.

    There are some yoga stances I'd love to do, like the Crane Pose (Bakasana) or Elbow Balance (Pincha Mayurasana). You'll certainly need someone with experience wih yoga to answer this one, but tutorials how to get into those positions - what strength exercises to do for how long and which yoga poses to start with - would be just great.

    Thanks for this article! - 12/29/2009 5:21:35 PM
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