If you do have shoulder pain, back pain or any joint problem especially the elbow its best for you to address the pain! Never my friend let pain decrease your performance as a human being.
Healthy weight and slightly lean:
If you have excess fat, I suggest you focus on a different goals first because trust me pull up is already hard for moderately strong people, having excess weight means you have to work extra harder, its science. I’m not bursting your bubble, you can attempt to get a pull up but its not going to get easy without a certain degree of leanness also extra weight means extra pressure on your joints.
Willing to work for it:
Your not going to get it in one day, therefore keep going until you do if its your goal.
So here are some progression.
Machine Assisted pull ups
Band assisted pull ups
Bands are also easy to carry around and you can bring it to the park or anywhere really and since this is one of my favourite progressive drills I've drop a call to MOVEMENT FIRST and convinced the boss to give all of my readers a 10 % of a set of POWER BANDS, i'm not promoting any brands but out of all this is one of the most affordable bands in Singapore and its solid, if you were to order from other Crossfit websites such as ROGUE you will be paying 100 USD for 3 bands not inclusive of shipping, so if you are on a tight budget and want to get that chin over the bar i highly recommend you get a set of your own POWER BANDS (click here) and use my voucher code: JDPB10
which limits to the first 50 buyers before 12 of September 2014