Pull ups again

Where ever I go I find people abandoned by the fitness industry!

My evidence for this  is the failure of so many people to be able to do a pull up.

Ive written about this phenomenon in the past. Often in slightly rude, slightly risque, terms.

But let me, again, emphasise how to get your first pull up.

Obviously any arm strength helps. If you’ve been bicep curling , doing push ups, tricep extensions, some other weird body building isolation exercise you got off the internet, you must be better of than someone who hasn’t used their arms since birth, but as my rude article  “Pull ups and girls” proved, generic exercises do not give you pull ups.

Its better to learn how to do a “negative”

you have to think a lot about how to get  up to the  bar to  be able to lower down from it. I cover this crucial issue in patronising detail in my article “If you do not have any pull ups, no one will want to marry you”.  Read it carefully

But here are some extra ideas for you to build in:

To help structure your training, here is an interesting regime that builds your pull ups from a single negative to 20

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As always, if you want to book a Pt with me in Bethnal Green  or Blackfriars, do drop me an email Andrew@andrewstemler.com

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Home pull up bar and gymnastic rings

When working through my home training courses, the chances are you will need a pull up bar. Many landlords won’t let you screw them into a wall, so get one that slides in and out of a door way. I’ve liked the JML one because, like me, its been around for ages,

JML Awesome Gym Door Frame Workout/Pull-Up Bar Home Gym for Upper Body Exercises

but there are lots of cheaper ones around too

I have to say that I own my own home so, Ive screwed mine into the wall.

Once you have a pull up bar, you can get a set of gymnastic rings. I started importing them in 2005 in tiny batches, and I think they cost £50 plus.

Today £20 gets you a nice wooden pair. Here is a good example, opt for wood if you can.

Sundried Wooden Gymnastic Rings with Straps Exercise Gym Rings Crossfit Gymnastics Athletic Dip Rings

Muscle ups, Rings and Gymnastic shapes

Todays special theme was the muscle up, so we picked up some essential skills: the false grip, the “muscle up push up” and other secret stuff

Here are some idea to help you revise

Dish Shape

handstand shape into wall walk

false grip

The muscle up push up and some other stuff you may not have seen

For those who have fallen in love with the  Muscle up and Ring Training for fitness , you may fancy this Ring Training guide its only 99p

Btw my name is Andrew Stemler. Im a london personal trainer based in Bethnal green  E2. Contact me by Email