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#1 Bart.

Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:46 PM

Tonight we went to the local park.  When we arrived, DH promptly hung off a rail and did ten pull ups in a row.  He does them regularly and it's part of his fitness routine.  Then I tried to do one...

Yes, one.

I couldn't.   sad.gif

I feel so crap that I couldn't even pull myself up once and I'm usually good at lifting heavy things, being of sturdy peasant stock, and all.  How bad that I can't even lift myself!

I've heard from personal trainers that women find it harder to do pull ups because their muscle strength is in their core whereas men generally are shoulders and arms.  We're also, again generally, carry our weight on the lower halves of our bodies, meaning we have to pull the weight up further.  Even though I know this, I still feel like a glob.

So, can anyone else here do a pull up?  Please make me feel better by saying, "no".

Edited by Bart., 26 January 2013 - 08:54 PM.


#2 Freddie'sMum

Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:50 PM

Oh hell NO !!

Only if the bar is on the ground and I can step over it - that's the kind of pull up I could do.



#3 ani1

Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

You mean pull up as in a chin up? If so then yes I can do 20 easy, but I do go to the gym 5 days a week and lift weights original.gif

#4 librablonde

Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:53 PM

You could offer me a million dollars and there's still no way in hell I could do a pull-up. Tragic sad.gif

#5 Peppery

Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:54 PM

QUOTE (Freddie'sMum @ 26/01/2013, 09:50 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Oh hell NO !!

Only if the bar is on the ground and I can step over it - that's the kind of pull up I could do.


This

#6 Bart.

Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:55 PM

Ani1 - sorry, yes; a chin up. Have changed the title to be more specific.  And I'm very jealous. laughing2.gif  I wanted to do one with no training but *sigh*, it's not meant to be.  Tounge1.gif

#7 fun_fairz

Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:58 PM

Yes, I could do 20 at a struggle. I also go to the gym 4/5 times a week.

#8 libbylu

Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:58 PM

At 8 months pregnant, definitely not.
I have been able to do them in the past though. Maybe one or two!  Perhaps not in recent years, however.
I once had a housemate who would do 20 every morning on his door frame.  My boyfriend came over one day and couldn't even do one and was extremely embarrassed.  I think it's one of those strengths that you can build up without too much trouble if you practice every day/week.


#9 Guest_3Keiki_*

Posted 26 January 2013 - 08:59 PM

yeah I can, but my training is all about body weight, I do a combo of chins, dips and pushups as my upperbody weight training
Tell you something on the odd time I actually go the gym I love seeing the looks of blokes who struggle to do chins seeing a chick rep them out it is very funny

#10 Leha

Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:03 PM

I think I would struggle. I don't have much upper body strength despite going to the gym 6 times a week including some weights and only weighting 62kg.

Funny as my arms looked toned but I don't think I could do it.

#11 paod

Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:05 PM

I exercise and I still can't do one. I can do push ups but not chin ups sad.gif

#12 ~faerydust~

Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:13 PM

Ha! No chance. DH can and both my daughters can though. Damn them.

#13 The Old Feral

Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:14 PM

Even in my super fit gym bunny days, I could never manage one.

My gym had a weight assisted pull up machine and the best I got to was about 20kg of help. And that was in my 20s and totally buff sad.gif

#14 asdf89

Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:15 PM

I don't think I could... I have pretty poor upper body strength.

But I've just started doing pole dancing classes (for fitness, not in search of a new career) and that's making me discover muscles I never knew existed - so maybe I will be able to soon!

#15 The Feral Plum

Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:18 PM

At 8 months pregnant, not a chance. I can hardly be bothered to roll over in bed.

When I was exercising a lot, had low body fat, and was doing weights - I could do about 10. I wasn't doing chin ups as part of my routine though. I am also a relatively athletic build (flat chested and narrow hipped), which probably made it easier. My DH is tall and has good upper body strength and can do them easily, he had a male friend who was much shorter, shaped like an inverted triangle (very broad upper body, short & skinny legs) who could do them one handed with no fitness regime.

#16 jenjams

Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:20 PM

Oh god no!  I am a runner and heavy exerciser and have no chance in hell of getting through a chinup.  Can push up though

#17 MiSS_E

Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:23 PM

I do pull-ups every night and morning.....have for a couple years now. I put one pull-up on my DD before bed and then I take it and put it in the bin in the morning.  tongue.gif

#18 cardamom

Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:25 PM

Oh hell no.

I can do the weight assisted pull up machine thing. At least, I think I can, haven't done it for awhile.

#19 Propaganda

Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:37 PM

I went outside to try just to reply.

I used to be able to. I couldn't just then.

#20 EsmeLennox

Posted 26 January 2013 - 09:39 PM

I don't know, maybe. I haven't got anything around the house that I can try on.





#21 Feralishous

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:34 PM

not anymore thanks to 2 pregnancies and 30kg of blubber. I would love to be able to, I spend loads of time at the park, should really start practicing!

#22 Guest_LeChatNinjah_*

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:43 PM

If I can do it from a standing-on-trampoline position then yes, I can.  If not, HELL NOES!



#23 Bluemakede

Posted 26 January 2013 - 11:58 PM

Not anymore, but I used to be able to, took a good chunk of exercising and upper body strength to be able to. It's the number one fitness thing I miss being able to do and is one of my main goals to reach again after I give birth.

Don't feel to bad about not being able to, it annoys the crap out of me watching my other half whose only exercise is at work and is a bit overweight out do his friends who are gym junkies when I can't do it, though I'm sure it annoys his mates even more.

#24 Feral Grey Mare

Posted 27 January 2013 - 07:03 AM

Could possibly do a chin up if I could work out which chin to use.

#25 Canberra Chick

Posted 27 January 2013 - 10:31 AM

When we take the kids to the playpark DH ad I will do chin ups on the monkey bars. I can pull my head up between the bars about three times before struggling. DH doesnt do much more. Haven't tested it for a while though and I'm now doing a lot more body weight work at the gym.




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