Can’t Do Pull Ups? Don’t Give Up!
We have the privilege of working with a lot of people, most of whom are tackling P90X. Many of them let us know that they just can’t do pull ups. So I talk to them about ways to modify the plan to either help them build strength or to use bands to do pull downs.
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. David was a fairly typical P90X user…a guy who 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 an eating plan for life. I encouraged him to look at Mark Sisson’s Daily Apple and Primal Blueprint resources 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 to 110 pull ups per workout. 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!
Here’s his spreadsheet:
The lesson here is—if you can’t do pull ups, DON’T 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 each and every week. I tell people this all the time and now I have to thank David for proving it.
So, if you think you can’t do pull-ups, you are very wrong. I’m happy to coach you through this challenge…