So I am a beginner when it comes to pull ups and I can't even do one. Currently I am doing pull up training to do my first pull up \o/
Yesterday I adopted a new pull up training method. This method mainly requires you to do 2 things-
1) Dead hangs- Jump up to the bar, hold it and keep hanging for 5-10 sec, then get back down and jump up again, do this 10 times, then during the 11th and 12th rep hang for as long as you can. Then rest and do the set again.
2) Negatives- Keep a chair/bench a little distance away from the pull-up bar, step on it with both legs and hold the bar. Then jump up to get your chin over the pull up bar and come down as slow as you can back to the chair. Repeat.
Now I think that the jump up part in both these exercise is important because when you jump up and hold the bar in mid air, while coming down you have to resist against the momentum to reach the hanging position. And thats where the problem comes. Here is a pic of my pull up bar
I couldn't actually find a pull up bar or find a place to fit it somewhere so I used the ladder of my previous bunk bed :P I didn't feel like buying one as I would go to the gym in some months anyway.
But as you can see, my improvised pull up bar has two bars on it. Now normally when I do pull up training I use the lower one as my body fits quite nicely in it and I don't really have to raise / jump to reach the bar. But now, in this new training method, I have to jump and for that I have to use the upper bar. But when I try to do these exercises on the upper bar, the part of my arm around the elbow clashes with the lower bar and its really difficult for me to do pull ups like that. Also my posture is ruined by that.
So, this is the problem. Should I move the bar a little bit higher so that I can jump up to the lower bar, or am I just overthinking and is jumping up really not that important? I am asking this because in most of the youtube tutorials they say "jump up and hold the bar". They don't really give an emphasis on "jump up" but still..I wanna be on the safe side. Sorry if this question sounds a little weird...
Here is the video link just in case you want to watch it and get a better idea of what I am saying. Its 6 mins long- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bAEua0zu_74
Thanks for helping :D