We have the privilege of working with a lot of people. Most of them are tackling P90X. Many of them comment that they just “can’t do the pull-ups”. We talk about ways to modify the plan to either help them build strength, or to use bands to do pull downs. Here’s an excellent tip from Fit Club Network Coach Ryan Chapman about using bands to assist with pull-ups. Pull-ups are hard to be sure, but like anything if you focus on acquiring the skill and put in the effort they can be mastered.
About 90 days ago I started working with David Hoyt. David was a fairly typical P90X user. A guy that was in decent shape, but wanted more. He really needed a nutritional approach. I’m not talking about a “diet” here. I’m talking about a plan for life. I encouraged him to look at Mark Sisson’s Primal Blueprint theories and he’s had great success with that plan. David also tracked his progress over his P90X journey. Here’s the proof that hard work pays off. David went from 22 pull-ups per workout to 110. His average pull-ups per set went from 2.75 to 13.75. If you can average 13 pull-ups per set in P90X, you are bringing it. The spreadsheet he used to track his progress is attached below.
The lesson here is not to give up. Look at David’s progress from week 1 to week 5. By the fifth week he more than doubled his output and he showed improvement in each and every week. I tell people this all the time and now I have to thank David for proving it. Think you “can’t do pull-ups”? You are wrong. Here’s the proof.