Can I do them?
Well I can manage with assistance from little rubber bands that make it so I’m not having to pull up my entire body weight. I can also do what’s called a jumping chin over bar pull up. This is where the pullup bar is lowered to about 6 inches above my head… and I squat down and really jump myself up over the bar. It’s still an upper body workout — since the last bit is all arms to get your chin over the bar — but it’s not as rigorous as a normal full bodyweight pull up.
The more I go to Crossfit, the more I learn that there are different types of pull ups — Strict, kipping, and butterfly. The last two use swinging of sorts to get your momentum going up. I can’t do any variety of these — but haven’t really attempted the swinging bit. I also always use an over hand (or palm away) grip. I’ve not used a underhand (palm facing me) grip or a mixed grip to see if those are easier.
Why does this matter?
This week’s Crossfit Open workout is 17.2 — and has pullups in the scaled version of the workout. It’ll be a major stopping point for most people that don’t have their pullup (like me!)
Here’s the workout details: 12 minutes As Many Round/Reps as Possible of
- Rounds 1 & 2: 50ft Dumbbell walking lunge, 16 knee ups, 8 dumbbell cleans
- Rounds 3 & 4: 50ft Dumbbell walking lunge, 16 pull ups, 8 dumbbell cleans.
- Repeat rounds 1-4 until time is up.
I’ll be able to do rounds 1 and 2 — but round 3 is where I’ll be stuck for a while.
Can you do a pull up?
Have you always been able to do a pull up?
Do you have any tips or strategies for me?