Originally Posted by bowtown
They've been the bane of my entire life. I still rememebr my 7th grade gym teacher calling me a p***Y because I couldn't do any pull ups in the Presidential Physical Fitness Challenge. And even today, I go to the gym 5 days a week and do a ton of lifting, cardio and strength training. I can do pushups and dips like it's my job, but for the life of me I've never been able to get more than 5 pull ups. I just hate them so effing much. Maybe I will try this P90X you all speak of and see if I can overcome my lifelong challenge.
You just gotta jump into the pull ups head first. Lifting wont improve pull ups. I am a big guy, so pull ups will never be my strength. But you can improve.
I took my early 30s off from the gym, and when I returned to the gym a few years back, I avoided pull ups like the plague. But, I got involved in crossfit, and they do pull ups frequently. I did what I could. I remember when about all the pull ups I could do in an entire work out was 5... as in do 2 pull ups, rest, do one more, rest, one more, rest, and then one last one that involved more jumping off the ground than pulling up.
Now, when I am fresh I can do about 15 pull ups at one time, and can complete 100 pull ups in about 15 - 20 minutes. Its not stellar, but considering where I started its the difference between night and day.