Exercise to lift the body using the arms with a supinated grip (palms facing away).

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Should I stretch before doing pullups?

I've just gotten strong enough to do pullups for the first time in my life. Should I stretch before I do them? If so, what stretches?
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How do I get higher in a pullup?

When performing a pullup, what techniques would be ideal for getting higher than chin-even-with-bar? When I perform pullups, I can get the bar to the base of my neck / my collarbone if I pull ...
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Wide grip pull-ups vs “normal” pull-ups

What is the purpose why people do wide grip pull ups? I know that these pull-ups are harder, but I would like to know why. Are there different muscle groups being stressed? Or is a wide grip pull-up ...
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Effects of wearing gloves

I just purchased a pull up bar and a set of dumbbells. From what I've read there are people who wear gloves at the gym and some don't. What are the effects and reasons of wearing gloves? Are there ...
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Whats the optimal height for a pull up bar?

I was looking at some door frame pull up bars yesterday. Now I was standing in my door frame and tried to imagine at which height the bar would be and it seemed a bit low (although I am a bit smaller ...
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What is a good progression to using a dip/pull up belt

I do 5 sets of 10-15 reps of pull ups using a 20lb weight vest. I'm looking to focus on strength and just ordered a dip/pull up belt to add plates. What's a good progression to add strength? Should I ...
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How do I increase endurance in doing pull-ups?

I'm doing 5 sets of pullups with each set to exhaustion. However my pullups really decreases after the first two sets. I would start off doing 7, then 5, then i get to 2 or 3 if i really try for the ...
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How to prevent callus growth on hands when doing pull-ups?

Due to everyday pull-ups I've got pretty bad calluses on my hands. Is there any way to escape them ?
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How to do warm-ups before pull-ups

I searched the Internet, and most suggest that pull-ups do not require warming up. But that advice is for "normal" people and professionals, while I have a weak body. I can at best manage to do two ...
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Adding power to my pull-ups?

I like pull-ups, easily my favorite exercise and I do a lot of them whenever I get the chance. I'm quite familiar with form, do them very strict (elbow lock-out, chin way over bar etc) and vary my ...
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Could a thicker pull-up bar explain my inability to do as many pull-ups?

Something like 6 months ago, I could do 10 pull-ups rather easily. Now, I'm much stronger than I was then but struggle doing just 6 pull-ups. Could this possibly be related to the width of the ...
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What muscles are targeted by these different variations of pull-ups: standard, chin-ups, and the neutral or parallel close grip pull-up?

What muscles or muscle groups are targeted by these different variations of pull-ups: 1.) standard (overhanded), 2.) chin-ups (underhanded), and 3.) the neutral or parallel close grip pull-out (thumb ...
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how to pull with your Lats

What would be your number 1 tip to do pull ups with the Lats ? I can do 5-6 pull ups in a set but I don't feel my Lats. I have tried using the thumbless grip and pulling from the elbows both seem to ...
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Can I get away with just doing pull-ups for lats?

I really hate all the other lat exercises - I find them boring and unsatisfying. Are pull-ups enough to work all the back muscles or am I really missing something if I only do these? Add to this also ...
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How should I start Checo-style training?

I have been training for 9 months and am now able to do a human flag pole. I intend to go more into Checo-style training. The exercises mostly require the pull up bar; the human flag pole is one ...
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Difference between wide-grip lat pull-downs and wide-grip pull-ups

I have a workout plan based on the use of traditional equipment, than includes both of these exercises. TRX is, I guess, the most known brand of straps suspended from the ceiling or wall. Pull-ups, ...
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Pull-ups: Pain on shoulder joint when lowering body - how to recover from, and prevent or avoid?

I just started doing pull-ups about two weeks ago on a pull-up bar (the one that fits on a doorframe - similar to this). A day after I started, I got muscle pains all over my shoulder and upper arm. ...
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What are the dangers of doing push-ups incorrectly?

Newbie here. I work long hours behind my computer and I do my best to keep an eye on ergonomics: paying attention to my posture, taking short breaks at regular intervals, that kinda thing. Recently I ...
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How can I reconcile the need for rest with “greasing the groove” on pull ups?

I'm currently doing Stronglifts 5x5, and I've read a lot of material about strength training. Everything I've read so far indicates that sufficient rest is essential to making progress and building ...
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How can I increase my pull-ups reps?

Do I do as many as possible to failure? Or do I stick to a weekly plan or multiple sets with low reps?
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How to Practice Pull-ups without Equipment

I want to work up to doing more pull-ups, but have access to only a very minimal gym (i.e., without a pull-up bar), and then no gym after that, for a month. What are the best ways to work the muscles ...
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Visualization techniques for pullups?

Visualization can be an important part of doing an exercise right. I recently came upon a bit of advice on another website and I could immediately feel an improvement in my form (despite having done ...
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How to train up to 50 pull-ups?

My target is to do 50 pullups (without coming down in between them of course). Is it more beneficial (faster for me to hit my target) by doing 1-shot as much as I can or is it more beneficial to ...
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Where should our legs be when we do pull-ups or chin-ups?

I often see people doing pull-ups / chin-ups with knees bent such that their legs are "hanging" behind. Shouldn't the legs be straight down, perpendicular to the ground? Where should our legs be ...
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How to improve pull-up rep count

Flat out I can do maybe 1 pull up. What can I do to improve my pull-up rep count other than "doing more pull-ups"? What muscle groups are used for pull-ups?
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Improve my bouldering performance on a budget

I've just started indoor bouldering and it's an enormous amount of fun! But I'm really struggling to get going. I can just-just finish the easiest routes (and not even all of them) and then I'm ...
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How do I avoid straining neck muscles when doing pull ups?

I would like to train for a pull up contest with my friend. I can do ten now, and want to get to twenty or so. The problem I'm having is that when I do a session of pull ups, later that day or the ...
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How Can I Stop Swinging On Pull-Ups?

Whenever I do pull-ups, Palms facing in, my body swings forward and backward. I'm trying to avoid this because I was told that swinging will make pull-ups "easier", and take stress off of the target ...
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What difference does hand/arm position make in chin-ups

What difference, if any, will it make if my hands are over the bar rather away from me or behind the bar towards me when doing a chin-up? Does this work different sets of muscles? Is one more ...
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What exercises are good to build up to performing chin-ups?

I can't do a single decent chin-up, are there any easy alternatives that I could build up in quantity as a forerunner to being able to do chin-ups? Alternatively are there are any weights exercises ...