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Not Strong Enough For Pullups....

Ive gained too much weight (fat) and I am now not strong enough to do 1 rep anymore. Ive heard that doing negatives is a good way to go about it. Is this true? Or is pulldowns it for now? Thanks guys.

I used to be way too weak for pullups, what helped me get back to be able to get through a few sets are lat pulldowns, and every workout I would try to get as many as I can in first thing. Also, start by getting a few cheating ones in (only go halfway down), then each rep go a little lower to failure. Thats what helped me anyway, good luck.

One of the best ways is using a partner, and have them hold you enough that you can do the pullup using your muscles. I’ve heard variations of using a bench or stair as well.

[quote]JLS24 wrote:
Ive gained too much weight (fat) and I am now not strong enough to do 1 rep anymore. Ive heard that doing negatives is a good way to go about it. Is this true? Or is pulldowns it for now? Thanks guys.[/quote]

After a one mile swim, I wasn’t able to do any, but after two weeks of negatives, I was able to do pull-ups post a one mile swim.

I suggest experimenting, but I highly suggest you stay away from assisted pull-up machines.

I secomnd the recommendation for negatives. But I caution that negatives, as I understand, are intense and should not be used often. Once per week say? Also, try with all your might to do the pull up before hitting the neg’s.

I personally reserve negative work for post failure fatigue type training, and I use them sparringly. However, to each his own. Feel, dont think.

Definitely some good ideas in this thread. I like the idea of having a partner spot you to assist you with the concentric part of the motion.

Negatives are a really good idea, as well. Lat pulldowns, although useful, are not going to get you to start doing chins. Same way you can’t really prep for freeweight barbell benching with a smith rack. Although containing similarities, they are different animals.

Also, this is a no-brainer, but as you stay disciplined with your lifestyle choices and drop bodyfat, chins will become easier to perform.

Good training.

Fat man pullups are good too.

Wait a sec, did you say, “gained too much fat”? Warning bells are going off here…

I’m not trying to be harsh here, but how bout trimming off some fat? In the meantime do heavy pulldowns, negative chins, hangs, whatever.

You’ll be suprised how fast you can get back to chinning. As soon as you get back to doing 1, it won’t take long to get to 3, and from there…

[quote]JLS24 wrote:
Ive gained too much weight (fat) and I am now not strong enough to do 1 rep anymore. Ive heard that doing negatives is a good way to go about it. Is this true? Or is pulldowns it for now? Thanks guys.[/quote]

Get a jumpstretch band from Elitefts.com You can rigged that up to a chin-up bar to do an assisted chin.