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  • #16
    My rec if you want to be able to do pull ups without an assist machine/contraption is to get rid of the assist contraption.  Work on strength in the necessary muscle groups, do pull up negatives (get to the top position either by jumping up or using a chair/bench if necessary, then slowly lower down without assistance) and do body rows.  Keep practicing unassisted pull ups until you can do them.  I could never progress to unassisted when I used an assist contraption--when I switched to this method I progressed pretty rapidly.

    I wouldn't pay anything to go back in time, at least from a fitness perspective.  I enjoy long-distance running the most, and while I have lost some flexibility which impacts my performance for sure, I have greater mental toughness as well as better knowledge/discipline for pacing/nutrition/etc. so overall I think I'm better off.  Ask me in another 10 years though, maybe I'll be willing to be pay then if you've developed a time machine.

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    • #17


      Feels like we lose flexibility for sure as we age…
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      Yes you do.  This is why I do Yoga.

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      • #18


        50+ dips
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        The only 50+ dips I have done is with Tostitos and guacamole. 

        Did not know such a term existed in exercise lingo.

         

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          The only 50+ dips I have done is with Tostitos and guacamole. ?

          Did not know such a term existed in exercise lingo.

           
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             mmm...ymmy.

          To be sure I think while the numbers I said would work, I really have a hard time seeing even elite athletes doing 100 pullups non-stop. No way. I think 50 non-stop and I'm super impressed. If anyone finds real proof of someone going all piston x 100 on the bar let me know. Sure is motivating though.

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          • #20


            I enjoy long-distance running the most, and while I have lost some flexibility which impacts my performance for sure, I have greater mental toughness as well as better knowledge/discipline for pacing/nutrition/etc. so overall I think I’m better off.  Ask me in another 10 years though, maybe I’ll be willing to be pay then if you’ve developed a time machine.
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            I have found that trail running and forefoot running has extended my running longevity. Good call on the time machine. Maybe Musk will put it on his to do list.

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            • #21







              There was a fairly recent Bogleheads thread about the kind of workout you’re interested in – some good posts on pull ups, specifically.  I am particularly envious of your breakdancing skills.  Tried it out once watching some videos and nearly broke my wrist.

              I don’t think I’d pay a lot to go back 10 years, but I would consider paying to go back to high school.  Bet I could throw the football over them mountains.
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              I have a pull up bar in my office. Was throwing up around 50/day(Not in a row of course. 1-4 per patient). Now I have this nagging lateral epicodylitis. So now I’m just hanging on the bar. It’s also messing up my piano time.
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              That happened to me doing just 25 a day (5 at a time). Took a break from it and try to do 10 - 25 a day (bar in our master bedroom).

              I would not pay to go back a decade or two. I'm thrilled to be right here, right now. If I were 80 or 90, I'd feel differently. But 42 or 34 is not a bad age.

              Cheers!

              -PoF

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              • #22



                100% mindset like yours lego.

                By the way, is there an age limit to hiking/mountain climbing? where I live I don’t have great hiking trails or mountains but hopefully I don’t run out of time to do that later in life…
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                I don't think so. You're probably saving your knees a bit.

                 

                I thought this video was relevant: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fbCcWyYthQ

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                • #23
                  My second peak in competitive running was five years ago (age 47-8). If I could go back to 42, and not have the job and family responsibilities I did then, it would have been even better. At 52 (almost 53), arthritis is starting to play a role and limiting speed and distance. My best (running) days are behind me.  :cry:

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                  • #24


                    To be sure I think while the numbers I said would work, I really have a hard time seeing even elite athletes doing 100 pullups non-stop. No way. I think 50 non-stop and I’m super impressed. If anyone finds real proof of someone going all piston x 100 on the bar let me know. Sure is motivating though.
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                    50 perfect pullups would be super impressive and incredibly rare.  Rare is probably an understatement.

                    Only place where you see those kinds of numbers is crossfit where they do kipping pullups, which they just call pullups, but are not the same thing at all.

                     

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                    • #25
                      I also have excess weight problems, a gym - I'm not sure that this will help me! But I'm with you guys ...

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                      • #26
                        I think being able to do 50 pullups straight is extremely rare.  As far as flexibility, I really haven't done much for it or even really tested it out over the years.  I know I've never been very flexible to begin with so I don't even bother.

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                        • #27
                          it really depends on whether they are kipping or not.  cross fit guys kip and can do a lot more.  classic pullups, very few people can do that many.

                          when I was young and had to watch out for dinosaurs while walking barefoot to school, they had presidential physical fitness.  pullups are part of the test.  so this gymnastics kid went in front of me and did 35.  he was super strong, short and thin, short arms.  I was pretty amazed and then I knocked out my two.  about ten years ago, I installed a pullup bar in my basement to see how many I could get to with a year of training.  I read a lot about fascial training and weight loss and back/core strength (what is core anyways-is that an anatomical term?).  any how the most I could get to was 12 straight regularly.   on a good day I might get to 14 once in a while.   these were straight pullups, no kipping.

                          good luck!

                          I'm well known to be freakishly weak and small hands though.

                          also not helping me is a general lack of coordination.

                           

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                          • #28
                            My husband mostly climbs, but ever since Memorial Day his workout of choice is what he calls the "Half Murph". The full thing is a mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats, run another mile. He halves the numbers and does the workout just about once a week. Definitely getting faster. I hate running for many reasons but one of them is because it's boring. I don't think I could do the same workout every week but he seems to enjoy it.

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                            • #29




                              it really depends on whether they are kipping or not.  cross fit guys kip and can do a lot more.  classic pullups, very few people can do that many.

                              when I was young and had to watch out for dinosaurs while walking barefoot to school, they had presidential physical fitness.  pullups are part of the test.  so this gymnastics kid went in front of me and did 35.  he was super strong, short and thin, short arms.  I was pretty amazed and then I knocked out my two.  about ten years ago, I installed a pullup bar in my basement to see how many I could get to with a year of training.  I read a lot about fascial training and weight loss and back/core strength (what is core anyways-is that an anatomical term?).  any how the most I could get to was 12 straight regularly.   on a good day I might get to 14 once in a while.   these were straight pullups, no kipping.

                              good luck!

                              I’m well known to be freakishly weak and small hands though.

                              also not helping me is a general lack of coordination.

                               
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                              Thats pretty good. 14 straight is quite hard actually. Why didn't you continue? I just realized that pull up is like the ultimate excersize - so many muscles activate and core strength work out.




                              My second peak in competitive running was five years ago (age 47-8). If I could go back to 42, and not have the job and family responsibilities I did then, it would have been even better. At 52 (almost 53), arthritis is starting to play a role and limiting speed and distance. My best (running) days are behind me.  ?
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                              my fear. Age. Time. Really we all talk about money but pssh its time and always has been the most precious thing. We shold all focus on quality time.





                              To be sure I think while the numbers I said would work, I really have a hard time seeing even elite athletes doing 100 pullups non-stop. No way. I think 50 non-stop and I’m super impressed. If anyone finds real proof of someone going all piston x 100 on the bar let me know. Sure is motivating though. 
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                              50 perfect pullups would be super impressive and incredibly rare.  Rare is probably an understatement.

                              Only place where you see those kinds of numbers is crossfit where they do kipping pullups, which they just call pullups, but are not the same thing at all.

                               
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                              I've been trying to furiously scour youtube but even in bar competitions guys get tired at 15 or so take a break then hit more pull ups. I think 50 straight is a myth. There is simply too much weight pulling yourself up 50 straight times.

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                              • #30




                                My husband mostly climbs, but ever since Memorial Day his workout of choice is what he calls the “Half Murph”. The full thing is a mile run, 100 pull ups, 200 push ups, 300 air squats, run another mile. He halves the numbers and does the workout just about once a week. Definitely getting faster. I hate running for many reasons but one of them is because it’s boring. I don’t think I could do the same workout every week but he seems to enjoy it.
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                                Thats pretty intense. With you. I hate running. Tried it many times, and always give up. So boring.

                                Always subconsciously thinking, what am I running from or to?

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