All great body that can bend steel with his bare hands and jump tall buildings in a single bound can certainly not pull ups. Would not you agree? On the other hand, chances are anyone who is unable to do pull ups, will probably have a pretty hard time with bare hands steel bending tall building jumps as well.
But it is also interesting to see how many Super institutions with bulging biceps, chest pounding pectorals and thundering thighs, completely melt in the eyes of a pull-up bar. I suppose it is self crush on someone who is ripped from head to toe if he is seen struggling with the exercise as simple and basic as pull ups. That being the case, those big dogs often stay as far away from the pull-up bar as humanly possible. It’s just easier when you avoid it.
A Basic Instinct Lost in the 21st century
Historically, however, pull ups are an exercise that any self-respecting monkey or chimpanzee (our ancestors some would argue) can do quite naturally, often with one arm, while chomping on a banana. But the monkeys and apes are still pretty much the same size they were five or ten thousand years, man has become … bigger. I mean give a monkey and chimpanzee easy access to cars, computers, TV, video games, and fast food, and just see how far they still can not pull ups, right?
So the question becomes, suddenly, how can self-respecting male men most effectively restore the natural born our ability to do pull ups in the midst of all the 21st century cars, computers, TV, video games, pizza and beer? As you might expect, the answer to this question has several parts. Check it out.
First and foremost, you need to be motivated. That is to say, if you’re one of those guys who’s been humiliated by the pull up bars and drill sergeant coaches since you were a kid, you can just take pull ups as a personal challenge, a mountain to climb, white rapids river to swim. I mean, in a sense, the ability to do pull ups has always been one of the things that separates the men from the boys, and if you are biting the bit to take your place alongside men, which means that you are interested!
Second you will now find a pull-up bar that allows you to perform at least eight repetitions right from the get go. In other words, need to have a place to get in before you can expect to make progress. What fills the bill? There are any number of contenders from high tech and expensive fitness Gismo called the Gravitron, the adaptive machines that use springs and rubber bands to lighten your load, and allow you access.
A New and Simple Solution
But interestingly enough young engineer from Perdue University named Jeff Good (Delta Fitness of West Lafayette, IN) has come up with incredibly simple and naturalistic place for those interested. So simple instead … your own two feet! You see, he and a height adjustable pull up bar that raises and lowers in one inch increments, with what he called leg assisted pull ups in which participants are encouraged to jump and pull up at the same time, giving almost everyone instant access to reducing ups. It’s the kind of thing that makes me say, “It’s so simple. Why did not someone think of this before?”
The Simple Strategy
The strategy here is equally as simple. You set the bar at a height where you can do at least eight leg assisted pull ups, jumping and pulling at the same time, you do two or three sets. A couple of days later in the workout number two, you do a few sets of nine reps each. In the next three workouts you do 10, 11, and 12 reps.
And when you do 12 reps, you raise the bar one inch next and start all 8 to 12 rep cycle all over again. My good readers to “avoid the temptation to try to go too fast too soon. This strategy is based on a series of small, predictable improvements over a period of time. Stick with direction and you will come out a winner,” he said.
Eventually you run out of Leg support
Over a period of weeks and months, what happens is the bar gets higher and higher and you run to the end of the leg support. And when you’ve run out of legs support you’ve reached your goal to be able to make a real, live, traditional pull ups just like the drill sergeant coach wanted you to do all those years ago. At this point you melt no longer in sight of a pull-up bar and you can finally take your rightful place alongside men … if not a great body.
A Natural Antidote to obesity
One more interesting observation comes from Jeff Good, Indiana based entrepreneur. He argues, “The ability to do pull ups is cost effective and naturalistic antibodies against the obesity problem in this country. Think about it,” he said. “People that can not pull ups are never obese. And people that are obese can not NEVER pull ups.”
“If school districts around the United States would begin to teach pull ups in kindergarten, and take the opportunity to do pull ups high school graduation requirement obesity epidemic would be over in no time. Health would improve significantly, they would be more creative, health care costs would collapse, and everyone benefits, “a good challenge.
In short, if you are reading this article and you are a budding super body that has not yet found a way to conquer draw up the mountain, and that can only be carrying too much excess body luggage, take heart, get motivated, find a good height adjustable pull up bar, and start out with eight good reps.
Continue to make small but predictable chunks of progress week after week, month after month, and before you know it you will have to regain a natural born ability to do pull ups, and give you the vaccine against obesity as long and you keep hard-won ability. The other thing is that you may want to take away the pizza and beer. For these things pull up Gods will smile at you and accelerate progress. So I say let’s all Carpe Diem day. We have everything to gain, and nothing (except excess weight) to lose.