July 7, 2007 at 9:41 pm #105370
So – I have a wingspan of 7ft or so (I remind you – middle hitter/blocker).
Anyone have a good rule-of-thumb for proper width to place your hands?
My door gym is great BUT – I have to use the close grip or my elbows hit the door frame.
I am designing a pullup bar on a gate-type system to help me use a wider grip. I can’t imagine anything but that it will be far more comfortable.
I even anticipate a change in my pullup numbers (possibly even lower) due to change in muscles used.July 9, 2007 at 11:29 am #111260MuskyParticipant
The numbers are likely to lower, as the range of motion of the biceps is reduced so the laterals become the main mover. This however will give you a strong back and nice wide latsJuly 9, 2007 at 1:29 pm #111261 Thanks for the reply!
I hope to see that be the case.
I’ll let you know.July 9, 2007 at 3:10 pm #111262goodluckfoxParticipant
Thanks for askign this, VBM. I’ve been wondering the exact same thing… I’ve got what feels like a very narrow door, and it’s hard to do pullups comfortably… I mean, they’re hard enough (nigh unto impossible) as it is without bumping my elboews against the frame. My hands wind up being just a bit more than shoulder width apart. I feel like if I could just get my hands farther apart, I could get more oomph on it.July 9, 2007 at 6:09 pm #111263 Yep!
My hands are less than shoulder width…July 9, 2007 at 7:20 pm #111264dgkimptonParticipantgoodluckfox wrote:
Thanks for askign this, VBM. I’ve been wondering the exact same thing… I’ve got what feels like a very narrow door, and it’s hard to do pullups comfortably… I mean, they’re hard enough (nigh unto impossible) as it is without bumping my elboews against the frame. My hands wind up being just a bit more than shoulder width apart. I feel like if I could just get my hands farther apart, I could get more oomph on it.
Funny, I find them easier with my hands closer together…July 9, 2007 at 7:55 pm #111265
Of course – the real difference for me will be that I won’t have to tuck my body to keep from bottoming out. A little kipping is in order!July 10, 2007 at 4:10 am #111266aussiechickParticipant I can see why you guys would be having trouble with the door gym. I’m only fairly small framed and I like to have my hands on the outside edges of my pull up bar, a couple of handwidths wider than my shoulders feels kindest on my wrists.July 10, 2007 at 12:09 pm #111267 Don’t get me wrong – I appreciate my door gym. I have gotten pretty far pretty fast. I will be glad to have it for inclement weather and travel.
Hopefully this weekend, I’ll finally get around to constructing my outdoor pullup bar. I think I have a pretty cool solution. The real challenge is to get it high enough and keep it stable. I’ll definitely post pics once I finish it. I do think that the width will be an enormous plus for me. I am sure I’ll feel more comfortable than I presently do.
The quest for the perfect pullup continues…July 10, 2007 at 2:53 pm #111268imported_AdminParticipant
Listen to your shoulders if you go super wide as this can be hard on the rotator cuff ‘s of some people.July 10, 2007 at 3:01 pm #111269 Will do!July 16, 2007 at 8:46 am #111270chacheeParticipant I’ve found that for different widths I can hit different muscle groups. Also if I do a palms in or out grip I need different widths.
Depends on what you want to hit in the end, I would imagine.
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