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  • #105370
    volleyball_man
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    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.

    #111260
    Musky
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    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 lats

    #111261
    volleyball_man
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    Thanks for the reply!

    I hope to see that be the case.

    I’ll let you know.

    #111262
    goodluckfox
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    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.

    #111263
    volleyball_man
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    Yep!

    My hands are less than shoulder width…

    #111264
    dgkimpton
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    goodluckfox 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…

    #111265
    volleyball_man
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    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! :D

    #111266
    aussiechick
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    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.

    #111267
    volleyball_man
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    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…

    #111268
    imported_Admin
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    Listen to your shoulders if you go super wide as this can be hard on the rotator cuff ‘s of some people.

    #111269
    volleyball_man
    Participant

    Will do!

    #111270
    chachee
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    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.

    JT

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