I currently can't do even one pull up and I want to be able to start doing pull ups. I know it is a combination of being both too weak and too heavy. I'm working on the latter by strength training and HIT training and the pounds are coming off.
I'm not sure that the strength training that I am doing is helping me work towards doing pull ups, though. I am mainly doing training with dumbells at home and don't belong to a gym so I don't have access to things like lat pulldowns (assuming those help train for pull ups).
Are there dumbell exercises I can do to specifically work towards being able to do pull ups? I do bent over rows, but not much else for my back.
I'd also be interested in other ideas. For instance, I do sandbag training once a week and had the idea of seeing if I could try to hang upside down at the playground at the park (like hang over the edge where they have the fire pole thing) and pull the sandbag up sort of like a reverse pull up. I can see myself pulling the sandbag up, sliding off the edge, and landing on my head with that maneuver, though.