70 Day Pull-up Challenge: Day 1

So close, yet so far.

So close, yet so far.

This past week, I challenged myself to do at least one pull-up at the end of seventy days. Today was the first day of the challenge and here’s what the first training day looked like:

Morning Workout

50 assisted pull-ups (used a stool for assistance)

  • 10 reverse grip chin-ups (palms facing me)
  • 10 wide front pull-ups (palms face away)
  • 10 close-grip overhand pull-ups
  • 10 wide front pull-ups
  • 10 close grip overhand pull-ups

Evening Workout

5 sets of 3 negative pull-ups

I start by jumping up to the bar and s-l-o-w-l-y  control my body down the bar until my arms are fully extended.

6 sets of 3 reps  of Lat Pull Down

I started with seventy pounds for the first 3 and did 80 pounds for the last 3

I’m feeling very sore and the path to a single pull-up seems further away than the 70 days I’ve allotted. “I think I can. I think I can.”

Chin-ups are less demanding.

Chin-ups are less demanding.


6 thoughts on “70 Day Pull-up Challenge: Day 1

  1. Hi,
    Great work on your challenge! A powerful start to be sure.
    I have been considering getting a chin up/pull up bar like the one that you have, but have been concerned about damage to door frames and general safety of those devices.
    Could you provide information on the model that you are using and your experience of it?
    Many thanks and stay strong!
    jj 🙂

    • Hi JJ,

      Thank you. In reference to the bar, it is an inexpensive Gold’s Gym brand. I weigh around 127 pounds and feel it supports me very well. My husband weighs 185lbs and does dead hang-up pull-ups and feels he is at the upper end of its limits. We’ve had it since September and have had no damage to our frame. Hope this helps.

    • Thank you Kristin. It’s definitely been a mental game. It feels like learning to ride a bicycle for the first time and you just keep falling and wondering ,”Will I ever learn how to do this?”

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