Pull-ups - when to transition from assisted pull-ups to regular pull ups?

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    Pull-ups - when to transition from assisted pull-ups to regular pull ups?

    Good morning everyone!
    I've been working off Raven 's 3 day program to build up to a pull-up here (it's post 5).
    Anyway, I've been slowly stepping down the assistance from the bands, but the question becomes when do I move to a regular pull up?
    I keep trying to do one without assistance periodically, but while the muscles stand out, nothing happens. Don't move up an inch.
    It looks like until I transition down to the lightest band I've got, which may be a while.
    Any thoughts folks?

    #2
    Oh cool seeing you using the plan I came up with

    What you are doing is already the right way to go: use the bands only if needed and try to use the lightest one possible. Trying a regular pull up every once in a while will give you a good idea if you're ready for one or not. And even if you don't move a single bit your muscles will still engage. In fact, you can hang on the bar and flex all your muscles as hard as you can (as if you were to do a regular pull up) and try to hold that flexed position as long as you can. That's a nice addition to the flex hangs in the upper position.

    Being able to step down the assistance from the bands is the best sign of progress.

    I'd say if you enjoy that program, stick to it, it obviously shows results. But if you want to try something else, mix things up: try more negative pull ups, do more static holds, or up the reps,... Keep things interesting
    As long as you stay consistent you will get there eventually.

    Fun story: when I was a kid my dad installed a bar in our hallway for me and my brother to hang on and play with. So whenever I passed that bar I jumped up and swung a couple steps to my room. Just by doing that over and over and over I eventually developed enough strength to do a pull up. So I got to my first pull up without even really training for a pull up.

    I have no doubt that you, who's explicitly training towards a pull up, will get there eventually

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      #3
      As you are already doing negatives and flex hang, you could try to go an inch down from the upper position and back up (or just hold there) , try to extend the distance from the bar step by step.

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        #4
        BravoLimaPoppa3 - I am trying to achieve pull-ups as well. In March I did the 30 Day Dead Hang Challenge. April was the 30 Day Flex Hang Challenge. This month I am doing the 30 Day Negative Pull-Up Challenge. In June I will be doing the 30 Day Pull-Up Challenge. I know I am getting stronger, but as of the 4th., I can't do a pull-up from dead hang either. Though I am confident if I continue to follow these DAREBEE challenges, I will by successful.

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          #5
          Thanks Raven HellYeah and PETERMORRIS966
          I did the Negative Pull Up Challenge last month + Raven's Plug in. That, that was unique some days.
          But PETERMORRIS966 - the Challenges rock and really help move you along fitness goals. I'd also suggest the Chair Rows Challenge as one to blend in - it works the same muscles and helps build up. I plan on doing it next month (took a month off from pull-up related challenges to see if I can finally get to a Five Minute Plank).

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            #6
            just as a side note: my tag is TheRaven poor other Raven probably gets flooded with tags that are meant for me

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              #7
              BravoLimaPoppa3 Hey buddy definitely do the Chair Row Challenge! After the challenge if you can do 25+ chair rows unbroken, you should definitely be able to do a pull up

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