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Pullups without swinging

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 12:36 pm
by djjd5000
Hi crew,

I'm currently on level 4 of simplefit and I have a pullup technique question.

I'm using a pullup bar mounted in my door frame, and I'm finding that when I have to do many pullups in a row (like 20 to pass level 4) that my body starts swinging to and fro as I raise and lower myself. I need to periodically touch my toes to the floor to rebalance myself from swinging, and then continue to do the pull ups...

Is something wrong with my tecnique? Is this normal?

When I do lower reps, like 4 or so I can raise and lower myself with swinging... but when I'm trying to do 10 or 20 for time and I'm pushing myself I start to swing.

Thanks for any advice,

]eff Dubois

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 2:48 pm
by Tryhoster
It's strange that you can do that many pullups all toghether at level 4...

Good for you, i think that what you do is a form of kipping, but if you start swinging maybe it means that some energy goes wasted in a useless motion (forward instead of upward)

Could it be that you are raising your legs? This changes weight distribuition of your body causing rolling movement

PostPosted: Fri Mar 12, 2010 4:04 pm
by djjd5000
Hey! Thank you so much for the reply, Tryhoster!

I am indeed raising my legs which could very well be part of the problem! I never thought of that!

The problem is that my door frame isn't tall enough, so I need to bend my legs up in order to avoid touching the floor... I wonder if that's the issue???

PostPosted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:47 am
by Tryhoster
djjd5000 wrote:The problem is that my door frame isn't tall enough, so I need to bend my legs up in order to avoid touching the floor... I wonder if that's the issue???


i have the same problem, but bending only the kness should be the best way to do it without creating imbalance

PostPosted: Fri Mar 19, 2010 3:39 am
by captain
Don't worry about it. Crossfit does kipping pull ups to maximize the work done. Strict pull ups maximize strength. Simplefit is far more endurance oriented than strength oriented; you would hardly ever see a strength athelete huffing and puffing during or after a workout. You will improve your cardio vascular performance by doing more work faster.

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