How to Avoid Humiliation and Start Doing REAL Pull Ups?
What is one exercise, that every gym rat wants to be able of doing? Pull ups!
You can’t imagine how much time I’ve spent dreaming for the day when I will go to the gym, I will approach the bar, people will be staring at me, I will jump, grab the bar and pull myself up!
The problem is that I spent way too much time dreaming of it, but I always find an excuse. As you know I had a lot of problems with my shoulders, I’ve dislocated them 5 times, I’ve torn tendons,ligaments, the capsule and so on…
I remember the time when I started lifting weights and how everybody used to ask me how many pull ups I can do. It was tearing my heart to admit I couldn’t do a single pull up. I remember how I even used to dream at night how I am doing pull ups, and then I woke up disappointed that it was just a dream, but not a reality!
I had accepted the fact that every single attempt to pull myself up would end up the same way- I would grab the bar, everybody will be staring at me, I will give my best effort to at least pull myself up a little bit and at the end I will be hanging from the bar, like a t-shirt hanging from the wash-line and everybody would feel sorry for me!
The problem with accepting that limitations exist is that you never manage to reach your full potential. That’s why one day I decided to give it a try. No matter how long it could take me, I was determined to try!
Today a year later I am doing pull ups all the time. No matter if I am walking in the park, with a dress, jeans or sweat pants, if I spot a pull up bar, I never miss the chance to do a couple pull ups and feel proud of what I’ve accomplished with a lot of hard work!
That is why today I will give you a couple advices, how you could start doing pull ups. This is for sure not the only way to start doing pull-ups but it was certainly MY WAY!
As you know I am pretty tall (6’2’’), so that means I am heavier. This made pulling up even harder. That is why I took a lot of time to work on my back muscles and I did a combination of pulling movements in horizontal and vertical plane! If you follow my blog, you’ve probably read my post about how to structure your workouts! This is the way I work out. As pulling up, obviously is a pulling exercise, when structuring my workout program I used different types of pulling movements and I rotated movements in vertical and horizontal plane.