Pull up technique?

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  • #105827
    changeup
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    Help!!!

    I’m having trouble with the pull ups. They are a great indication of strength/weight ratio… and yes… my weight is too high.

    Can I use a weighted pull up machine (ie: graviton) or should I do negative pull ups or should I just continue to flounder and grunt, much to the amusement of the whole gym?

    Are there any technique tips that might help? I know the crossfit crowd is keen on kipping. Is that okay?

    PS: I am doing modified Zone right now and plan to do 100% when I finish moving this week. Should help with the extra weight I carry. Will let you know how that goes.

    #115712
    ucffool
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    You can kip, though consider it a 2:1 kipping:not.

    Also, I burned out my nervous system doing negatives, so mix it up. I don’t see an issue with using a pull-up machine, but you don’t get as good a workout as when you are free-floating from the bar.

    As suggested on simplefit, you should consider doing body rows , possibly with rings as you build it… mix it up.

    #115713
    changeup
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    I don’t have rings but will use body rows with towel. Interested in your comment that you burned out your nervous system. Can you expand?

    What I love about the SF workouts is how deceptive they are. I’m adding in extra squats since I’m stuck on the pull ups at a very low number, but my legs can handle more.

    I’ll just keep working at it.

    #115714
    ucffool
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    When I described what I went through, that’s how Kevin put it. Basically, I had a fear of jumping up to the bar, and my body just refused to operate properly. It was mentally exhausting. Switching to bodyrows really helped me through that.

    #115715
    changeup
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    Thanks. That made so much sense. I’m doing CrossFit for the next four weeks and using bands for pull ups (cheating?), but I figure if I can get technique and intensity nailed I will be okay. Hope to drop bands next week.

    Still doing towel pull ups at my park. Anyone else do SimpleFit outdoors and get weird looks?

    #115716
    ucffool
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    No weird looks (I’m always outside), most people ask what I’m training for. :) I tell them LIFE.

    #115717
    splint
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    Crossfit theory is that learning the kipping pull-up benefits your dead hang pull-up number. So don’t worry about using that. You almost have to use kipping at Crossfit as the workout I did today was 3 rounds of 800m run/50 pull-ups. I think it might take me a week to do 150 dead hang pull-ups.

    I had a funny conversation this morning when the father of two kids who couldn’t do one pull-ups (the kids couldn’t, I doubt the father could either) but he asked how many pull-ups I was doing and I said, well today it’s 150. He said, “150 Pull-ups!?!? 😯

    #115718
    volleyball_man
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    Did you see the vid for butterfly pullups recently?

    Bodyrows helped me a ton – as did negatives. I also have and use bands. I don’t see a big negative (pardon the pun) to using a gravitron if you are overweight and in the process of losing it.

    The way I understand it, kipping uses more of your whole body where dead-hang is more of an isolation exercise. If your goal is to get to level 8 as a transition to crossfit’s Cindy – then kip away!

    #115719
    changeup
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    VB: Where is the vid for the butterfly pill ups posted?

    PS: Agree about the pull up rows and gravitron.

    #115720
    changeup
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    Hey. Ignore my post. Just went to CrossFit and saw the video. I’ve been away all weekend camping. Gotta love the Canadian north… but gotta hate the blackfies!

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