No matter how strong and fit I feel, I find pull-ups to be elusive. Not since my high school days, and surviving the President's Fitness Challenge with its one required pull-up, have I been able to do one of these macho moves. Now with the help of a superband — a giant, two-inch-thick rubber band — I have been able to do a few consecutive pull-ups. I don't feel badly that they're assisted by a big rubber loop attached to my neighbor's pull-up bar. Although I don't have my own bar at home, I do like to feel like GI Jane when I need an ego boost.
All you need to do is tie the rubber band securely to the pull-up bar, put it under one knee (or one foot for even more assistance), grab onto the bar (stepping off a stool if needed to reach), and
try do a pull-up. Even with the assistance of the superband, you will be strengthening the muscles you need to do an unassisted pull-up, and hopefully boosting your self-esteem, too. Nothing like feeling strong to make you feel better about yourself.
You can buy one from Perform Better for $40. Please let me know I'm not the only gal out there who dreams of being able to do a pull-up; share your dreams in the comments section below. All the superbands are the same length, but wider bands offer more assistance.