Every day I get emails and messages on Facebook about what my workouts are like… and what kind of equipment I used to get great results in such a short time.
So, I’ll try to address some of these questions over the next few weeks.
So, I’ll start with the equipment.
The truth is that you don’t need a lot of gear to get started.
But if You’re following the Primal Blueprint (or a Caveman diet / lifestyle). Here’s the one piece of equipment you MUST have to accelerate your success.
So, the first piece of equipment would be to get a…
It is simply the single best exercise equipment that you can own (in my opinion). And it works wonders for your body.
I actually own a pull-up station that I have setup in the garage. I also own a really nifty portable pull-up station that I keep in my backyard.
The guy I got this pull-up contraption from actually sells these through Amazon and you can find them here (they’re a bit expensive, but well worth it).
If you’re limited on space or like to do your workouts inside your pad then there are other options available, like the “doorway chin up bar”…
OK, I can hear some people already saying “What do I do if I can’t do a pullup!”
That’s easy. :)
Invest in some Resistance Bands.
I learned about these as an option for people struggling with pull-ups from the P90X DVDs. If you have never worked out before, are injured or just have never been able to do a pullup to save your life… this is an awesome option.
So, instead of lifting yourself UP to the bar you’ll actually be pulling down towards you (simulating the pull-up). Here’s a quick video on how it works:
The only downside is that you will most likely outgrow the bands pretty quickly once you get started.
By the way, you can often find kits that includes the resistance bands AND a pullup bar (for doorways) for around $50. (I found a kit for $36.95 over at Amazon)
Another option is to invest in a powerband… these are big rubber-band looking things that you can attach to your pull-up bar. Then you put your foot into the loop and it will assist you in doing pull-ups.
Here’s a YouTube video I found that demonstrates these bands in action:
The nice thing about these bands is that they ‘give’… so it’s a lot closer to doing a proper pull-up than using for instance a chair or a swiss ball to lift yourself up (see video below). And compared to the resistance bands I talked about earlier, these will help you achieve an unassisted pull-up much quicker.
If you’re on a shoestring budget, then try using a chair. Here’s Tony Horton (the creator of P90X) showing you how to do assisted pull-ups using a chair:
Another option using a chair that can help you (even if you can’t pull yourself up) is to do “negatives”. Simply get in the ‘up’ position using a chair (make sure your chin is over the bar as if you’ve actually pulled yourself up) and lower yourself down (until your arms are straight).
Then repeat the process until it become difficult to control the descent or your grip start to give out.
In the next post I’ll discuss a couple of other tools I use in my workouts.