I'm trying to get better at pull-ups. Currently I can do 3-4 unassisted* pull-ups, but would like to be able to steadily 3x10 pull-ups. What's the best way to achieve this?
I attend a gym which grants me access to the following:
- Pull-up bar
- Rubber-bands for assisting in pulling up
- Assisted pull-up machine
- Lat pull-down
- I can also use the bar for reverse push-ups (supine row?)
- Potentially more...
Currently I just do unassisted pull-ups: 3 x 4-5. Would I be better using the assisted machine (where I can obviously do more) or using the rubber-bands to assist (where again, I can obviously do more), or should I avoid both and use the lat pull-down or supine row instead?
I read this question about assisted pull-ups about problems with the assisted pull-up machine, and truthfully had already heard it's a bad idea because it limits movement and one doesn't get a chance to use their balancing muscles.
This question about increasing pull-up reps seems to focus exclusively on pull-ups with no attention to any other exercise involving back muscles.
The OP in this question seems like they're on a totally different level to me, as I want to work up to what they are already doing!
For completeness, this question about increasing pull-ups uses a machine I don't have access to (I go to the gym, I don't have a bar at home that I can practise on frequently. Also, I'm at work most of my day, and my colleagues probably won't appreciate me installing a bar and doing pull-ups while compiling code, but I'm open to the suggestion if it'll help).
* Although I'm not 100% sure on my form: perhaps I'm not lowering myself enough