100 pull-ups by the end of the year challenge

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    On Monday I did another 5 pull-ups, this time in 3 sets, which, YES!, means that I did 2 reps in one go TWICE!!!

    Current count: 15/100.

    Today I had chin-ups on my to-do list, so pull-up count stays the same.

    Ahhhh it's so awesome to finally be able to do pull-ups and chin-ups!!!

    To those of you who are still waiting, DON'T GIVE UP!!!

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      Originally posted by inbetween View Post
      ...

      Ahhhh it's so awesome to finally be able to do pull-ups and chin-ups!!!

      ...

      it's rewarding!
      Congrats for the new achievement. Well done!

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        Time for another wrap-up!

        As the first half of the year ends, I realized I have a new challenge for myself, and maybe others?

        I hit the rep count set for this challenge (100) several days ago.

        I am now at 140 pull-ups in total, the last 15 reps done today (on rings): 4, 3, 3, 2, 2, 1 reps.

        Which means that, YES!, my pull-up reps are slowly increasing! And maybe even not that slowly (newbie gains?). I did my my first real pull-ups a little bit more that 1.5 months ago and in that time I went from barely being able to do 1 full ROM pull-up to doing 3-4 solid reps.

        So, my next challenge is to hit 1000 pull-ups by the end of the year Will I make it? I am starting tomorrow, but not from 0, those 140 pull-ups I did so far are too precious to me haha So I am counting them in.

        Anyone else in for the challenge?

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          Full Pull needs active pullers. Come, and join us!

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            HellYeah80 I know, I know, very cool thread and group! But my time for the Hive is so limited that I'm afraid I would never be up to the date with your numbers and stats. I mean, just knowing the numbers to be hit for every week, or even reporting frequently in this thread, this is just too much for me at the moment. I just have to eliminate everything that makes things more complicated or needs more time... random updates here and there are a different thing, but I just cannot keep up with regular posts...

            But I will keep your offer in mind if my schedules becomes less tight

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              So you will be 1st member in 2019! Starting the new round!

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                Originally posted by HellYeah80 View Post
                So you will be 1st member in 2019! Starting the new round!
                Haha, you got me! OK I will!

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                  HellYeah80 , All, count me in...
                  ... as soon as I reach my first pull up
                  -))))

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                    Peterpan if doing pull-ups is your dream and goal, fight for it. Sometimes it does take a lot of time, but with consistent training you'll get there just as I did

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                      Excellent progress toward 1000! I'm almost to my first pull-up. Got close today with an unassisted pull-up with witnesses. I will succeed soon! I don't think I'll be able to do 1000 of them this year, but I will be joining the Full Pull challenge.

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                        Originally posted by Ann-Core View Post
                        I think that if the challenge is called "100 pull-ups" and we signed up for it, it makes sense that pull-ups would be the goal? But we are not the Darebee police and if someone wants to do chin-ups instead, I don't mind at all.

                        Feel better soon, twinkletoes.
                        I know this is from last year but I find a massive number of people online are so fixated on the rules and not the spirit of the rules. It's something that bothers me. No one is every sitting there judging any person on Darebee with what they do but it just seems so important to them to be specific and precise. I think this may be what stops people from doing a lot of the exercises. If it's not perfect for them, they don't do it. Very few people just go out and *do* any of this, it seems.

                        I'll step down off the soapbox.

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                          Hi Warmaker, so serendipitous, I was just thinking about this thread in the morning, wanting to ask for your opinion, and here you are.

                          Not sure I understand whether you agree with my old post or if you posted it as an example of being too "specific and precise" so my answer might not fit with what you had in mind. I think there are two types of "rules" - if consenting adults participate in a set challenge it makes sense (for me) that they all follow the same rules for what needs to be accomplished (i.e. official challenges, contests etc.) - like the saying says, don't bring a knife to a gunfight. If, however, it is a more open kind of thing (like most unofficial challenges on DB), then participation & effort is enough. Pull-ups are quite a demanding exercise for most women (and also some men) and this challenge was planned specifically for us to master this movement as the end goal, but obviously we had to do a lot of rows, chin-ups etc. to get to pull-ups in the first place. However, as I said in the post, at the end of the day it's up to the individual to decide what they want or can do (chin ups? rows? pulling on the floor?) and there's no one checking up or judging what they are doing in the privacy of their own homes, or what they post up here. I think the spirit of non-judgement is well alive on Darebee at least.

                          While I have you here, I have a question regarding pull-up progression: I have been working on my pull-ups for a while, first with chair, then negative pull-ups, assisted pull-ups (jump from floor or stand on a small footstool- elbows at cca. 90 degrees) and I have now got to the point where I can lift myself from dead hang but have to engage the core and lift my knees up to get those last 20 cm in (get my chin above the bar). Is this modification OK or should I do more assisted/negative pull-ups with straight legs? I will probably get there either way, just wondering if either approach in more sensible. I am still quite weak and have to rest for 1-2 minutes between every rep but can now manage about 8-10 in a row before complete muscle failure (i.e. can't lift at all. Funny feeling.). Would appreciate your advice.


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                            Originally posted by Ann-Core View Post
                            Hi Warmaker, so serendipitous, I was just thinking about this thread in the morning, wanting to ask for your opinion, and here you are.

                            Not sure I understand whether you agree with my old post or if you posted it as an example of being too "specific and precise" so my answer might not fit with what you had in mind. I think there are two types of "rules" - if consenting adults participate in a set challenge it makes sense (for me) that they all follow the same rules for what needs to be accomplished (i.e. official challenges, contests etc.) - like the saying says, don't bring a knife to a gunfight. If, however, it is a more open kind of thing (like most unofficial challenges on DB), then participation & effort is enough. Pull-ups are quite a demanding exercise for most women (and also some men) and this challenge was planned specifically for us to master this movement as the end goal, but obviously we had to do a lot of rows, chin-ups etc. to get to pull-ups in the first place. However, as I said in the post, at the end of the day it's up to the individual to decide what they want or can do (chin ups? rows? pulling on the floor?) and there's no one checking up or judging what they are doing in the privacy of their own homes, or what they post up here. I think the spirit of non-judgement is well alive on Darebee at least.

                            While I have you here, I have a question regarding pull-up progression: I have been working on my pull-ups for a while, first with chair, then negative pull-ups, assisted pull-ups (jump from floor or stand on a small footstool- elbows at cca. 90 degrees) and I have now got to the point where I can lift myself from dead hang but have to engage the core and lift my knees up to get those last 20 cm in (get my chin above the bar). Is this modification OK or should I do more assisted/negative pull-ups with straight legs? I will probably get there either way, just wondering if either approach in more sensible. I am still quite weak and have to rest for 1-2 minutes between every rep but can now manage about 8-10 in a row before complete muscle failure (i.e. can't lift at all. Funny feeling.). Would appreciate your advice.

                            There are a few things working here. First, I agree with the idea of just doing things and trying them. My concern is people trying to do things 'perfectly' and then abandoning the challenge or exercise when they're close but not exactly doing what is described. Except for lifting heavy weights and needing perfect form, there really isn't a 'perfect' anything out there. Emil Zatopek is a perfect example of this.

                            Please allow me to answer your question: Some people consider picking your knees up 'kipping' and not officially a pull-up. I'm a fan of using mostly good technique to get yourself above the bar. Pull-ups are easily the hardest body-weight exercises out there and any way you can get above the bar is pretty good. I recommend doing both. There's such a boost of motivation when you actually get yourself above the bar and you want to do more. You could flip between negatives and your knees-up move in a single work-out if you like. You can also focus on just the knees-up workout and as things get a little easy, try to keep your legs lowered and try to cut rest time between single reps.

                            However you get there, you get there. The scary part is once you get that one, official, true-to-life pull-up, then you decide you could probably do two...

                            Good luck!

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                              Excellent progress, Ann-Core !!! You'll get there in no time!! Almost there! I wouldn't obsess over the knee thing right now, I suppose your first push-ups weren't perfect either, right? I think it's the mindset that makes a whole lot of a difference, and I wouldn't call it kipping. In fact, Jeff from Athlean-X actually recommends keeping your knees bent as it stretches your back muscles and thus allows a better contraction... so there are different approaches.

                              I try to do slow reps with good form, but when I feel I have to bend the knees to do some extra reps, I do bend them, because those extra reps, even if not top-gymnast-quality-perfect, are still some additional reps that add up in the end and help me strengthen my back.

                              What I do avoid is swinging, doing shallow reps, wiggling like a worm, etc. Slightly bending your knees, if you want to progress to straight legs and keep this as your mindset, won't do any harm.

                              At least it has worked for me - I just tried to get those first pull-ups in, even if they weren't perfect, because it was such a boost! But as soon as I mastered them, I keep improving my form. And knowing you, you will not compromise form in the long term!

                              Great job and good luck, please keep us updated

                              Speaking of updates, currently 260/1000. My max rep count is 4 in one go, but I usually do sets of 2 or 3 pull-ups and aim for 15-20-25 (depends on how I fell on a given day) pull-ups per workout.

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                                Ann-Core inbetween what is an exercise with "imperfect" form => a way to make the rep easier. What is the biggest issue of bodyweight => your bodyweight can only be adapted to a limited extend.... So if we have a lady weighing 50kg it means she has to pull 25kg per arm... If we had a barbel would anyone call not loading 50kg but 45kg an unacceptable cheating... that would be bad for you ?
                                The trouble is not imperfect form when you do it on purpose for a purpose but inperfect form that you don't acknowledge as such (eg crossfit with multiple sets of 20 pull ups -kipping- where people really think they can do 20 pull ups and then when you force them to do them with good form they discover that they struggle to do even 10)... I would even dare to say that you can't go to highest levels with "perfect form", I mean to me a perfect form pull up requires almost 10 seconds so if one does 35 of them, it requires to hang for almost 6 minutes while curling your full bodyweight each single time, squeezing the bar to stabilize etc.... of course this is going to happen as well as Bolt is going to run a marathon in one hour 17 minutes because he runs 100 m in 9.58s reality is more that some are going to be good, some are going to be faster, some will be kipped slightly and the last few will be curled in "grit ya teeth style", doesn't change that the performance is strong but to believe that every rep was perfect is fooling oneself

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