LoA - Prior Service

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  1. tkdtn50

    tkdtn50 New Member

    Aug 12, 2015
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    Good morning/afternoon,

    Back in late-September, my family back home received a Letter of Assurance, stating I will be officially appointed to the Class of 2020 contingent upon my Candidate Fitness Qualification, and I was as well as given a specific hard date for the result to be submitted by. At the moment, I'm still working working on improving my pull-ups. Any tips on improving my pull-ups in a very short period of time? I've been practicing it for months and I finally got to improve from doing just 3 to 7-8.
  2. frenzymando

    frenzymando Banned

    Feb 3, 2015
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    Take a big breath before the first one and then exhale as you pull yourself up and inhale on the way down. Breath rhythmically not erratically.
  3. WannabeGonnabe

    WannabeGonnabe Member

    Jan 15, 2015
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    I got this set from Stew Smith's articles online and it's helped me a lot. I do it every other day or so.

    1-7-1 pull up pyramid:
    1 pull up
    Rest (try to keep under 30sec or so)
    2 pull ups

    When I first started I could only do maybe 3 or so pull-ups, so I did 2x1-3-1 pyramids then increased over time.

    Other tips:
    Look up scapular pull-ups. These will help with shoulder stability and form, making sure you're activating all your back muscles too.

    Controlled drop on the down during the test. Gravity is your friend!

    Grip/forearm exercises were my biggest obstacle. I could do pull-ups but hanging onto the bar long enough to do the pull-ups was hard. I fixed this by doing flexed arm hangs-about 3 for as long as I could, with a minute or so rest in between.

    Hope something in there helps! Good luck!
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2015

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