As soon as Hubs started working towards joining the Navy, he bought a pull up bar for our house. I watched him built strength, to the point where he does 100's of pull ups and push ups in a day. I'm sure most military spouses can relate to PT readiness process.
Now that I'm done teaching, I've gotten a lot of "so what are you doing now?" questions. My biggest concern in no longer teaching a weight lifting class twice a week was that I would loose all my strength. So I decided to dedicate my new time to pull up conditioning.
Hubs and searched the web for women's pull up training and didn't find much. So I decided to document my own path to doing a pull up. Hopefully it will keep me motivated and accountable and maybe encourage another woman to join me :)
The very beginning of my journey started with weight machines at the gym. I usually do a weight session once a week and a pull up day at home.
Rep of 8 assisted pull-ups (30 lbs...4% help)
Rep of 8 lateral pull down machine (70 lbs)
Flexed arm hang.
Hold pull up for 45 seconds and slowly come down
Hang the pull up bar in a "high traffic" doorway.
Every time I pass through the doorway, I jump up, stay in a flexed arm hang, do 5 knee ups and slowly lower myself down (aka "negatives" + leg lifts)
|Flexed arm hang|
Not sure what my next steps will be. I would say that I can currently do a "jump up" and a chin up but not a real pull up. I've heard that very first one is the hardest, but once you get it under your belt, the rest come easier. I guess we'll just have to see :)