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

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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 ...
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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 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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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 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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Why does CrossFit use Kipping Pull-ups?

For regular workouts there is information on the benefits and importance of doing pull-ups regularly. CrossFit even mentions it in this article. Men's Health even talks about this in one of their ...
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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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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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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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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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Are pullups still a good way to build muscle before you're able to do many of them?

I can only do about 3 full pullups (from completely extended to head above bar). I hear that pullups are a great way to build muscle, but I wonder if this could really be true if you can't do very ...
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Should I lock out my shoulders at the bottom of a pull up?

When I'm doing pull ups, I try to go all the way down until the arms are straight, but I do not lock out my shoulders. Recently, I thought in order to get a greater ROM, it might be a good idea 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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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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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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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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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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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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Roughly how many calories does one pull-up burn?

Here are my back-of-the-envelope calculations. I account only for the energy expended in pulling your body mass up. Say you are 70kg (approx 155lbs) and a pull up raises your mass up by 60cm (approx ...
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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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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 to get started with Pull-Ups? [duplicate]

My other half is a total newbie in Fitness activities. She has had a tough time to even get through a single set of 5 Pull-Ups. Whats the best way to get started with Pull-Ups? And, How do I support ...
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Position of weight during weighted pull ups

I am finally able to do 5 pull ups. As this puts me in the optimal rep range for strength gains I thought about adding weight to stay in that rep range. I do my exercises at home, that's why I ...
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Why perform chin-ups/pull-ups to failure on Starting Strength?

I've seen both 'Practical Programming (2nd Ed) Novice Program' as in 'The Practical Programming Advanced Novice Program' is preescriben chin-ups/pull-ups to be performed to failure on each set. Each ...
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How can I improve my grip on a slippery chin-up bar?

My local outdoor pool has a chin-up bar (as part of a deployable multi-gym thing), but because it has to survive the elements, it's just a plain galvanized steel bar. The bar is less than an inch in ...
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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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Training for muscle ups

Hi I've been wanting to do a muscle up ever since I knew they were possible and was wondering what muscles and how you should train for one at home. I occasionally go to a gym with a pull up bar with ...
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One arm chin/pull-up and the lat pulldown machine

I'm currently encountering a weird discrepancy between the force I can generate to lift my body with one arm and the amount of weight I can pull down with one arm at the lat machine, using a ...
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Progressive overload vs. greasing the groove

I want increase my endurance with bodyweight exercises including pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups etc. Would it be better to use progressive overload and start at, for example: 3x4 reps for Pull-ups and ...
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How should I train to increase my push-up maximum from 20 to two sets of 100?

I hope this question is not considered off topic because my honour is on the line here. A few ago, my friend called me a "lightweight" for not being able to do as many push-ups as him. So I challenged ...
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How to effectively determine whether I am losing muscle or not

I am currently on calories deficit and my weight is decreasing. I do some exercises 5-6 days a week (mainly pullups). I try to eat enough protein, but didn't count the exact amount. How can I make ...
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Help with getting over plateau?-weighted pull ups

I had a long term goal of achieving a one-arm pullup. After doing some bodyweight workouts (one arm negatives, muscle ups-(sort of), various pullups), I decided to try out weighted pullups. My goal is ...
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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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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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ideal rest in between sets for increasing bodyweight exercises

So I want to increase the number of pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups I can do. I've been leaving an arbitrary 2 minutes in between sets. Is this the ideal amount of time?
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why can't I do push up or pull up?

why can't I do a push up or pull up??I am not a fat guy but I can't do a single push up or pull up,I can lift pair of dumbbell of 20 kg and do 3 sets of 20 but I can't do more than 5 push up or pull ...
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Drills to improve the bottom part of chin ups or pull ups

When doing pullups or chinups coming out of the bottom part (with arms straight) is by far the most difficult thing for me. I can do at least 15 chinups in a row when I go only 50-60% down, but if I ...
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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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Wristpain after doing pullups

A while ago I started working towards making my first pullup - I have been doing negatives for quite some time. Recently I decided Ill try to make a pullup, and I did. Over the course of a week or two ...
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combining Greasing the Groove with regular strength workout

So I am interested in using Greasing the Groove(GtG) to increase my number of pullups and pushups. I am a beginner at strength training, so I figured I would post my question here. My goal is more to ...
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exercise that can replace Pull-up?

I wonder, if there's a way to work out the arms similar to pull-up exercise, but without using pull-up bars? Indoor exercises are convenient. I could just do push-ups in the living room. However, ...
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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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Do Inverted Rows prepare you for Pull Ups?

Among other stupid injuries a year ago I got wrist tendinitis after trying negative and chair-assisted pull ups, and so those things are out of the menu. My road towards pull ups must cross either the ...