Just a question, do you all agree to try to do a few of these spread out throughout the day? Ive been working to failure (and soreness!) maybe twice a week. What’s best?[/quote]
Grab a coffee, sit down, get comfortable, long boring life story coming up:
When I was 15 (a long long time ago) I thought I was pretty fit. I played basketball every day, could jump quite high (I’m a small dude) and run fast, but also long. So, when our highschool gym teacher decided to check how in shape we all were I thought “piece of cake.”
There were a number of exercises to perform: how far you could run in 12 mins, how many situps in 60 secs, etc. The last test was how many pullups you could do. I’d done pretty well in all the rest, so when he called out my name I swaggered over to the bar (in front of all my class), jumped up, and performed…2 pullups. :-s
Needles to say I was very ashamed of myself.
Now here’s what I did–and hopefully this might answer your question (see, there was a point to my rambling story!). I bought a chinup bar and fitted it in my sister’s bedroom (mine didn’t have a proper space to put it up in), whenever I walked by her room I would do as many pullups as I could.
OK, so I started with 2 pullups and 0 chinups. After 3 weeks or so I was up to 5-8 pullups, and maybe 3 chinups–but never performed one after the other, always separately. This means I was probably performing 3-7 sets of either chinups or pullups every day.
After about 3 months I was bored! I could do 45-50 pullups and 20-25 chinups. Needless to say, at the next fitness test our gym teacher conducted I smoked the competition. I think after I got to 30 and was still going strong, he said “OK, OK, just get down, you’ve got the A.”
There’s a recent article (can’t remember by whom) talking about training a particular body part 4-5 times a week at low intensity to get it to grow (there’s talk of mechanics and soccer players in it). It’s more or less the same principal. Of course, being a girl your results might come more slowly, but I don’t see why you wouldn’t reap the same benefits.
I still have a chinup bar, even though I’m living away from home now. I do chinups whenever I feel like blowing a bit of steam, and once a year I try to go up to the 25 region over 4-6 weeks. For old times sake.