Best way to increase pullups if you can't do many?

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  1. Mr. Badass

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    i used an assistance machine at my gym to increase my pullups before.

    my brother doesn't have time to go to a gym, but we do have a pullups/dips station at home.

    he can only do 1 chinup.

    right now i'm telling him to do 5 slow, controlled eccentrics every hour he's awake lulz.

    good plan?
     
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    DO MORE PULLUPS
     
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    that's the plan
     
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    just keep doing pullups

    do two sessions twice a week, a few sets, you will get stronger
     
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    Ladders:
    1, rest for the amount of time it took you to do 1, do 2, rest for the amount of time it took you to do 2, 3, rest for that length of time, then 2, 1, 2, 3, 2, 1, etc. etc. This is a good exercise to do with a partner, too. While you're resting, your partner is doing the number of reps you just did, etc.

    Other than that, have him do 1 rep every hour to "grease the groove."
     
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    well what do you think of eccentrics every hour? even though he can do one chinup, he can't do 1 chinup every hour. like he'll do it the first and second hour, but then he gets too tired to get himself up after that.

    so taking that into account, what do you think of 5 eccentrics every hour? is this enough?
     
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    maybe he should join a gym and train a bit?

    i could never really do pullups, but after doing lesser exercises for 6 months, i don't find them hard at all :dunno:
     
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    I went from only being able to do 1 pullup, to around 10, in a two month period.

    I started off by doing 1 pullup everyday, right before my workout. Eventually after a few days I could do about 1 and a quarter, then 1 and a half, and finally 2.

    If your friend can already do 1 pullup, there's no reason why he shouldn't be able to do 2 pullups in a week or two if he keeps at it.
     
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    Start out using an assisted pull up machine and do sets of 5. Each week reduce the assistance and in short time you will be able to do 5 no problem and work up from there.
     
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    :rofl: i don't think anyone actually read the contents of the first post :hs:

    no assistance machine man
     
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    Those Muscle-ups/Elevator things in the beginning are insane :eek3:
     
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    i saw that too :rofl:
     
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    agreed, its like timber clapping pullups to a all new level
     
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    Just do as many as you can. If you do 1 every hour, you're going to hit 2. so on and so on
     
  22. Skeletor

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    Instead of doing multiple sets and working to failure, do a reasonable number for you a few times per day, one set each time. Say you can do five pullups max. Do three or four pullups for each of those sets. As your max pullups rises, increase the number of reps you do for practice.



    I did this for a couple weeks and it added a few reps to my maximum. Timber posted an article about doing it with chinups, I'm not sure if it's in his log or wherever, but it was interesting.
     
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    just keep doing them. go with a narrow grip at first since they're easier and work your way out
     
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    If he can't do 1 chin up every hour, then 5 eccentrics would be too much. Maybe 1 eccentric every hour. You definitely don't want to hit failure. The goal is to get the CNS accustomed to the movement without overstressing it or the muscles (hence the low volume). It's similar in principal to powerlifting programs that call for doing the same lift 5 days a week, in low volume of course.
     
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    Do chinups instead of pullups at first, theyre easier
     
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