I'm doing P90X and there are a LOT of pull-ups and push-ups! I use a ball against a wall for push-ups, and it's working ok I guess (it helps me have correct form, even if I do it on my knees, I don't have correct form). I use a chair for pull-ups, but find that I'm really just using my arms and leg to pull me up.
An alternate way to do the pull-ups in the workout is to use a resistance band mounted to a door. I have the highest resistant band I could find at Target, but I feel like it's not really that difficult/working. How can I strengthen my back and chest in order to work up to doing push-ups correctly and at least ONE pull-up?
It takes baby steps...lots and lots of baby steps. Start out doing your pushups on your knees or with your shins on a stability ball. Make sure your form is 100% correct and do them that way. Once you feel like you are mastering this approach, move on to regualr pushups. You may only be able to do one to start with, but it's a start! Over time you will build muscle. Just watch that form! 100 pushups done with bad form is no where near as effective as 10 pushups with perfect form.
As for the pullups, I still struggle with this. The resistance bands are an excellent idea! I've never really been a fan of using a chair, because like you said, you are putting more work into your legs. A fun way to work on pullups is to go to a park playground and play a bit on the monkey bars. Sounds silly, but you will get an awesome upper body workout!
Do not feel bad, I can't do pull-ups either, not even one. I can do push-ups though not too, too many. I've always had weak upper body strength. My legs however are very strong.
I bought one of those new arm toner things (not sure of the name) for my flab. I lost 50 lbs a couple years ago and have not been able to tone the stretched skin ever since. I've tried everything; every tricep exercise out there. My mom tells me, "It's bc you need meat protein."
Sorry but I refuse, even if it would help the flab.
I'll see if this thing really works like they say it does and report back.
Try "modified" pull-ups. You work the same basic 'pulling' muscles doing modified pull-ups as you do when performing a free standing pullup. Give the Work Horse Fitness Trainer a try, its sturdy, versatile and you don't have to run off into a closet or doorway to do pull-ups.
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