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    Building Up To Pull Up/Press Up

    Looking to introduce some more bodyweight exercises in to my training but since I haven't really done any for years and have arms like pipe cleaners now as of right now can't complete a full push up or pull up.

    Was just wondering if any of you lot had any recommended exercises to help build up to it?

    Thanks in advance
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    Originally Posted by Jolldan View Post
    Looking to introduce some more bodyweight exercises in to my training but since I haven't really done any for years and have arms like pipe cleaners now as of right now can't complete a full push up or pull up.

    Was just wondering if any of you lot had any recommended exercises to help build up to it?

    Thanks in advance
    I'm guessing you don't have access to an assisted pull-up machine, in which case this won't really help. But despite not having pipe cleaner arms I went my whole life unable to do more than a single pull up. When I joined a gym with an assisted pull-up machine I started using that, and gradually dereased the resistance until I could do several pull-ups unassisted. Now I'm quite proud to say I can actually do weighted pull-ups for several reps. So it is possible!

    I believe you can also use assistance bands (they're like big rubber bands) to help do assisted pull-ups on a pull up bar, but I'm thinking you'd need multiple bands of different strengths to achieve the desired result, so it's probably not as flexible as an assisted pull-up machine.

    If you can get a spotter to help push up on your legs, that's another option, although probably somewhat inconsistent in terms of how much assistance they provide from one day to the next.

    Finally, there is the lat pulldown machine, which you could set to less than your bodyweight. I find there is a big difference between pull-downs and pull-ups though, with the latter being harder and thus less popular at the gym.

    I'm not sure about push-ups, as I haven't ever done them since I was a kid.

    Good luck
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    I agree ^^^.
    And work push ups from knees or hands on a bench at an angle until they become easy.
    Work in some planks.
    Planks are like the top of a push up and work the body as a unit statically.
    Using straps like TRX or Lifeline Jungle XL's are great for both pushing and pulling movements.
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