So I've decided to finally get serious about getting a one arm pullup. I thought it would be fun to keep a journal of the process and I hope it will be interesting. Since I doubt it will be THAT interesting I will throw in other stuff along the way but this will mostly be about achieving a one arm pullup. And then more than one, lol.
Why am I doing this?
Why do we climb the mountain? Seriously, though, it's something that's been in the back of my mind but my obsession with heavy things has kept it on the back burner. Especially that damned deadlift.
Right now I have some setbacks. I have been layed off of training for a while but things are going well as far as getting back into it. However, overhead squats are presenting a big problem. My wrists are being killed by them because of the wide grip and my wrists being really bad in the first place. Problem is my shoulders will just not let me narrow the grip, right now. And even with moderate weights my wrists are ending up sore for days. I can't even do 80 or so without then screaming at me because of the angle. So I am going to have to buckle down and see if I can get the grip in, which means a whole long process and light weights. OH squat is important to me. I don't want to give it up without a fight.
Given that I needed something fun and challenging but that was a straight forward goal that I knew was well within my capability. I am very 'proficient' at pullups and I can handle 100 + extra pounds for a rep or two (not right now, laid off, remember).
So I will be doing my regular pullups getting my strength back as for extra weight plus getting the reps back up but that is the same old same old. So enter the one arm pull up.
What I plan is to talk as much about my mistakes as my failures. Since I am very advanced at pullups normally, it should be interesting to see how easy or hard this is for me. I don't know how many people go through the process of adding a whole lot of weight to their regular pullups before attempting the one arm pull-up.
I should note a little about terminology.
1. Although I'm saying one arm "pullup" really I'll be working towards what most would consider a one arm "chinup" which is with my hand suppinated or facing me. I'll probably use the terms interchangeably but for the forseeable future I will really be talking about a one arm chinup.
2. This is a one ARM ONLY pullup. This is not that thing where you grab the bar with one hand then place the other hand on the wrist of that hand. That may be a one HAND pullup but it is not a ONE ARM PULLUP. No, you cannot do 20 one arm pullups, 80% of bodybuilders on forums.
I leave this for the introductory post and make the next post about today's session.