Preparing for Pull-Ups

I’m an equal opportunist when it comes to working out. I’ll try any exercise with anyone, and I love discovering new workouts and their unexpected benefits. Each new exercise offers tons of them, none more so than pull-ups. There was a time when I loved pull-ups, but over the past few years they’ve disappeared from my regime. Time to add them back in. Time to work those pull-ups!

Preparing for pull-ups starts with a bar and a desire. A few years back I gave up my gym membership after moving into a building with its own “gym.” By gym I mean two treadmills, a bike, an elliptical, a basic universal machine and free weights. It’s not glamorous, yet pretty damn sweet. Unfortunately, there’s no pull-up bar. From there I lost my way and lost my pull-ups.

Flash forward and I’m craving my pull-ups. I want them back in my fitness regime, but needed a final push. I recently visited my brother’s place and he had an awesome pull-up station, but I couldn’t do one rep. I tried, but it had been so long that I could no longer do a pull up. That was the final straw! My mind was made up. I could do lots of push-ups, but they aren’t the same. With my desire secured, I sought out the right equipment for pull-ups.


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When I tell people I don’t have a pull-up bar in my gym, most suggest I buy a bar to fit over the doorframe. My apartment is slightly awkward, but I decided that would no longer be an obstacle. I was getting a pull-up bar. After a lot of research into all of the varieties, plus some convincing of my man, I found my bar (featured here) and I’m embarking on a new pull-up journey!

What I know for sure is that I might not be able to do a pull-up on my first try. But I’m okay with that! I’ve been working my shoulders, back and upper arm strength since last summer. I’ve successfully done 40 push-ups in a row! But I want to conquer the pull-up. I want the satisfaction and accomplishment of doing ten in a row. That starts now.


My plan is to accept where I’m at and build off it. If I need an assist, then great. If I can do five by myself, even better. I want to strengthen my back, my shoulders and my mind. I will have that strength. I don’t care how long it takes me, because as long as I keep working at it, I’ll get better with time. I will be able to do 10 pull-ups by myself.

I love watching a man or woman do pull-ups with ease. The strength and balance involved is pretty amazing, and I know I can do it too. Plus, it will be fun! I’m adding pull-ups into my workout 2-3 times a week, so stay tuned for the results. I’m ready for this challenge and I’ll make sure I update you all on my progress! Time to add in pull-ups! I’m psyched.



Mandi Mellen is Lead Editor, Staff Writer, and Featured Vlogger at BuzzChomp. She’s an actress, writer, and producer. Get lost in her youtube comedy channel PillowTalk TV. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or Instagram


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