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    BradMM is offline Junior Member
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    I'll be 62 in June and want to do 10, neutral grip, pull-ups by my birthday. I've been doing them frequently for about a month and could do 4 when I started and up to 5 now although form falls off on the last one. This past month was bad for training cause I had a lot of interruptions but I'm back on track now. Is 3 1/2 months too short for that goal? I have two places at home I can do them (one is a rock climbing simulator), one place at work and then there's the gym. I have plenty of opp's to GTG.

    BTW, I'm 6'3", 216 lbs, so I'm pulling significant weight.
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    I am 61 too. My weight is 187lbs as of this morning. My heaviest weight that I remember is 234lbs. and that was many years ago when I was binge drinking hea

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    ....ssorry...kybd acting up...Binge drinking heavily and eating alot of the wrong food. Heart by-pass surgery in 2005 changed my way of thinking entirely. Until recently I have always had pull up numbers that I was happy with. But shoulder problems have side lined me with pull ups. Now I am doing horizontal rows via CC. ... GTG is a good way to go to improve your pull up numbers. Just be sure that you do GTG correctly. You are at 5 reps - so you should be beginning with perhaps 2 reps - GTG 3-5 times per day... 3.5 months is not too unreasonable. It can be done. In bootcamp (MCRD San Diego) I improved my pull up numbers from around six reps to 20 reps in 90 days of training. I don't think that was with GTG though. Just doing them everyday 2-3 times per day at max effort. I even got to wear a Gold PT sweatshirt with the Eagle/Globe/Anchor and "United States Marine Corps" emblasoned on it near the end of my bootcamp training cause my PT score was in the 1st Class category..hehe!!...Dennis

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    Quote Originally Posted by ad5ly View Post
    ....ssorry...kybd acting up...Binge drinking heavily and eating alot of the wrong food. Heart by-pass surgery in 2005 changed my way of thinking entirely. Until recently I have always had pull up numbers that I was happy with. But shoulder problems have side lined me with pull ups. Now I am doing horizontal rows via CC. ... GTG is a good way to go to improve your pull up numbers. Just be sure that you do GTG correctly. You are at 5 reps - so you should be beginning with perhaps 2 reps - GTG 3-5 times per day... 3.5 months is not too unreasonable. It can be done. In bootcamp (MCRD San Diego) I improved my pull up numbers from around six reps to 20 reps in 90 days of training. I don't think that was with GTG though. Just doing them everyday 2-3 times per day at max effort. I even got to wear a Gold PT sweatshirt with the Eagle/Globe/Anchor and "United States Marine Corps" emblasoned on it near the end of my bootcamp training cause my PT score was in the 1st Class category..hehe!!...Dennis
    Bootcamp was a few years ago, no?

    Relevant to us 60+ year olds?

    Oh, but thanks for the GTG guidelines. I was just thinking "go do some frequently" but doing fewer with good form makes sense, too.
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    Bootcamp - June thru Sep 1973. 18yrs old pimply face and fat at 170lbs. Not relevant to me now - correct...hehe!!..But a fond memory nonetheless. "SHOW ME YOUR WAR FACE!!!!"...hehe!!...Do yourself a favor - google "GTG" and make sure you understand all the important guidelines that it involves. I suspect many people do "GTG" without actually knowing what it is all about - thus wrong...Dennis

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    Hello,

    If I say you can't do 10 pullups, do you stop your training ?

    Don't overthink and train, that's all. And you will see what happend in 3 months

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    The problem with setting a goal for a given point in time is that people tend to rush to get there--form gets sloppy,become more enamored with counting reps than performing the exercise with proper form and eventually get injured.Better to take your time to get there,develop strength rather than demonstrate it and stay injury free.good luck.

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    Yes, best course is make certain that every single rep is picture perfect, textbook form. Also, be a little mindful (esp since you have a goal date (to not overtrain). Between those two you can stay injury free and even by chance you don't hit your 10 by your birthday, you may go well past that in time. Dropping a few pounds might help depending on your body composition at present. Every pound of excess fat you carry is like strapping that on and doing "loaded" pull-ups!

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    Hey Brad - I've been trying to get to 10 for about two years. I just turned 62 in Feb, and weight 225 at 6'2" - so I'm pulling a load, too. I've tried the fighter pull-up program but have always stalled out at 5. I've been doing 4 sets of 3 or 4 every other day for about 6 months. I'll be interested in following your progress.

    Good luck!

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    I think a set goal is necessary. But it has to be a reasonable goal. Setting a goal where BradMM increase his pull up reps per month. He can do 4 good solid reps now. Next month he sets a reasonable goal to acheive 6 solid reps. Then 8 reps the next month - and finally 10 reps on the 3rd month. Thats not rushing. VISUALIZATION. BradMM - you must also produce a crystal clear picture, or movie in you head of you doing those pull ups. And doing them expertly. Imagine in your mind how your muscles contract. How you will be breathing. The tempo of the reps. As the picture gets more clear you actually believe IT WILL HAPPEN...Dennis

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