One of my goals for the new year is to be able to do five pull-ups. While that is still my main goal, I have since realized that if I can do even one pull up this year, I should be proud. I realized this after experimenting to see what level I was at. I can, with a lot of struggling, do a quarter pull-up. So getting to one will be a huge feat for me.
My progress is starting slowly (we all know how much I love to ease into things). I am still in the first phase of an undetermined amount of phases to get to five pull-ups. (My game plan is unfolding as I go since I have never made a fitness routine/schedule before.) I call this phase: priming my body. Basically I have been focusing on getting back into the habit of working out. I try to go to the gym 3-5 times per week and do a combo of 30 minutes of cardio, and a 20 minute workout video from Jillian Michaels.
Around mid March I plan to enter phase two (name tbd). My brother in law found this video and sent it to me (half jokingly) as a resource for learning how to do pull-ups. After giggling at his hat for a couple of seconds I started to realize that this would be the perfect guide for training my body for pull-ups. I will follow his plan closely in phase 2, even bringing a dining chair with me to the gym on arm days! In addition to this video, and my regular cardio, I plan to also start building up my plank tolerance (currently at 15 seconds) to help strengthen my core in phase two. I am nervous and excited to start the next phase, but I can tell I have already been getting stronger from phase one, so hopefully phase two won’t kick my butt too much!
Are you able to do pull-ups? What are you tricks or tips?