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Building strength for pull ups

Postby samjackson » Mon Mar 26, 2007 4:35 pm

A couple of points when doing pull ups on day 3. While the workout is for time, perform the pull ups as follows: 3 to 5 reps with 3 to 5 minutes of rest between them. Don't train to muscle failure! Get just enough assistance so that you can get the reps without failing or degradation of form. That goes for day 2 as well.

Training muscles to failure for increased strength is a myth from the world of body building. It will pump up those muscles but significant gains in maximum and functional strength will not be realized. Have fun!
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Postby Admin » Mon Mar 26, 2007 7:58 pm

Very important point, thanks for bringing this up.

Here is a good way to approach these three different workouts with broken sets.

day 1 = 1/2 max reps rest repeat
day 2 = 2-3 under max rest repeat
day 3 = 2-3 under max rest repeat

Maybe max out once a month for reference if you want
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Postby samjackson » Tue Mar 27, 2007 6:07 am

A great Crossfit article on how to do pull-ups http://www.crossfit.com/journal/2006/10/the_pullup_apr_03_cfj_1.html
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Postby Admin » Tue Mar 27, 2007 9:07 am

Good stuff just remember muscles tend to adjust faster than tendons and ligaments so listen to your body if you "grease the groove" to avoid tendinitis. Slow easy progression will do the job.

Cheers
And thanks for the info Jack!
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Postby Norman » Tue Mar 27, 2007 10:11 am

Thanks to both of you for the tips !
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