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Make Your Dream of Doing Pull-Ups Come True: Superband

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.

Jesspurling Jesspurling 5 years
Hi Just wondering if you knew where your neighbor purchased that particular pull up bar!?? I like the idea in the hall way....perfect spot in my home. :)
SummerB88 SummerB88 7 years
AH! This is a godsend! I have been wanting to do pull-ups SO bad! I have the cheesy infomercial pull-up bar..and have been getting so discouraged...I will def give this a try! Thanks fit, baby!
amandaaa amandaaa 8 years
haha i could never do pullups, never since i was little. i should try now...hmm :)
magalaya magalaya 8 years
I've never been able to do a pull-up unfortunately. BUT I can do chin-ups! I think it's because when I was younger I swam competitively and we had the most difficult dryland training routines ever, and we had to do sets of chin-ups to strengthen our arms. Ever since I've been able to do them, though unfortunately I can't do nearly as many as I could when I was an early teen!
Spectra Spectra 8 years
I usually use the assisted pull-up machine at the gym to do pull-ups because I can't quite do them on my own. I can do them using about 70% of my own weight, so I'm getting close to being able to do them on my own.
Carrie14884290 Carrie14884290 8 years
That's a chin-up, easier to do than pull-ups.
Fitness Fitness 8 years
secrethoughts - all the superbands are the same length. The wider the band, the more assistance it will provide.
AshleySunshine AshleySunshine 8 years
Yay Kimpossible! I've been using the same machine at the gym and I love everytime I get to use less weight.
Modus-Vivendi Modus-Vivendi 8 years
Ooh, I totally want to be able to do pull ups.
aimeeb aimeeb 8 years
Oh wow, I want to be able to do this someday.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
Thanks Sy!!!
TammyO TammyO 8 years
Ugh pull ups. That and push ups.
syako syako 8 years
Good job Kim! :cheer:
Kimpossible Kimpossible 8 years
I've been using the assisted pull up machine at the gym. and then the other day I did 4 pull ups on my own on the smith machine bar!!! I felt soooo good!
nslods nslods 8 years
I can't do pull-ups on my own, but I use a chair as a bit of assistance. If you don't take advantage of the chair, you can still do pull-ups while strengthening your muscles.
syako syako 8 years
Very cool! I've always wanted to be that girl who can do pull ups. Maybe this will help! ;)
secrethoughts secrethoughts 8 years
I've always wanted to be able to do a pull up, and I do have a pull up bar. These bands might just be the solution I've been looking for. These bands are offered in different widths, which I imagine offer different levels of do I know which width I should get??
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