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Do slow negatives, start at the top and lower yourself slowly, this is the way most people get strong enough to do their first, clean pull/chin-ups. If you have a rubber band to attach to the bar, that can work too.,


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Sounds like you're ready to start muscle-up training, your numbers are decent enough (5 sets of 5 is my target before I move my students to muscle-up training). Add in some jumping muscle-ups to your workout routine. You're going to need a false grip on the bar, which means putting your thumbs and palm on the bar, rather than your fingers. This allows ...


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It doesn't sound bad. I recommend going above five reps for at least some sets, since I find the upper body responds well to higher volume and it's not the worst thing in the world to train some endurance. I expect you'll actually see better strength results that way anyway. The more common method of loading pull-ups is to use a dip belt, but the backpack ...


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Since you can do 5 to 7 pull-ups and your goal is muscle-ups, I'd focus on high-rep sets in every workout. Three sets of 8 is OK, but I've found that pull-ups respond very well to volume. Five sets of 8 on "pull" days, plus 3 sets of 8 on "push" and "leg" days would be a start. So would greasing the groove with sets of 2 or 3 all throughout the day, if you ...


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I'm not convinced that people "hate" it. I think what you're seeing is probably exasperation with how popular the machine is in disproportion to its usefulness. negative pullups...band-assisted pullups...surrogate exercises like the inverted row... These are all solid ways to progress to pull-ups and to develop pulling strength generally. So, too, can ...


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The only really accurate way to determine if you're gaining (or losing) fat is with a water tank. Fat floats, bones and muscle sink, and fluids don't really have much of a difference. Armed with that folks can figure out pretty accurately how much fat you have. That of course is incredibly unrealistic for 99.9% of the population. If the only exercise ...


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Is my friend, who lifts 3 times more weight than I do, stronger? He's stronger than you at certain things. There is no universal single benchmark for strength. Numerous things can be used: squats, snatches, atlas stones, deadlifts, overhead press, pulling a car up a hill, etc. Your body adapts to what you do it. Your friend doesn't concentrate on ...


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My susceptibility to neck strains decreased significantly after I started focusing on overhead mobility. For me that meant overhead presses, overhead squats, one-arm overhead pressing while in a squat, plus—and this is important—all the mobility work necessary to support those exercises. I suspect that other methods of increasing stability overhead would ...


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This is a common issue that arises due to limited mobility in your forearm. While you might be inclined to start doing underhand or neutral grip instead, I would strongly advise that you try the false grip instead. This is indeed a challenging thing depending on your forearm strength, but you can progress into it by simply gradually placing your grip ...


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Yes, having a better grip makes pull-ups a lot easier, and increases the number you can do, often dramatically.


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If you are not feeling pain, there is no reason to be concerned. Dip belts are good, you can also buy a weighted vest. That way the weight is more evenly distributed.


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Short answer, there are a lot of ways to do a lat pulldown incorrectly. With some supervision, or awareness of one's form, it's not a bad exercise, but it's an exercise where it's easy to fall into bad habits that can hurt you (putting too much pressure on the spine or rotator cuffs) or simply not do you much good (using your stronger muscles to compensate ...


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For those of us that can't afford a water tank, but still want some relatively easy measure of body fat percent, you can get digital body fat scales that send small electric currents through your body, using Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA). Since it takes longer to get through fat than muscle, they can give you a rough estimate of your body's fat ...


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If you have a table, you can do inverted rows. Get into a lying position under the table, hands holding the edge of the table. Pull yourself up to the table and repeat. It's easier than an actual pull-up (in fact, it's usually recommended for people who can't do pull-ups yet), but it exercises many of the same muscles. More information is available in How ...


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Yes, you can perform grip work as suggested by Alec. In the meantime consider using straps or at least chalk for hands to increase friction and combination of the two would improve your 'feel' in a given muscle. Consider as well is the weight that you are pulling too heavy for the goal you want to achieve? Regards


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You should give it a try anyway to see how close you are to being able to pull your whole body weight. Another good way to build up to pull ups is to focus on just the negative part of the rep(letting yourself down). Here you would step on something so you're at the top of the rep, and then let yourself down as slowly as you can. This will work all the ...


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Both exercises will work your back significantly. It is really up to preference, I know a lot of guys who solely do pull ups to build a huge back as well as ones who solely do lat pulldowns. Both have recorded similar progress and gains. However, pull-ups activate your core muscles significantly as well, a missing plus of lat pulldowns. However for bicep and ...


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My personal philosophy for using straps is to use them when I don't want my grip strength to limit the effect an exercise will have on a muscle group I'm trying to work. If I'm doing Romanian deadlifts, barbell shrugs, barbell rows after deadlifts (conversely, I don't use them on Pendlay rows since I reset the bar between reps), or Kroc rows, I'm more likely ...


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The primary reason for Crossfitters to use kipping or butterfly pullups in workouts is because they are faster and require less energy, enabling you to complete more rounds and finish faster. Strict PU's are wonderful for building strength. Unless you can do strict PU's, it's best not to attempt kipped ones because you can injure yourself more easily. At ...


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Adding this answer just in case another person stumbles across it. If you're doing weighted pullups, it becomes pretty important to keep your back straight. Your body tends to whipsaw around a bit when you're doing pullups fast, and the added weight dangling off your waist can pull and yank on your back in un-fun ways. If you keep the weight dangling ...


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There are two main hazards for your hands when gripping things: developing callouses and blisters. If you have blisters (area of skin covering a pocket of puss), it is because you are letting the implement move in your hand. The way to minimize callouses and prevent blisters is to learn how to grip the implement so it doesn't move in your hand: If you ...


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Trim your blisters with a nail clipper. There is no quick fix to this being difficult: either wait for the blister to heal or deal with the pain. Buy a brick of chalk. (It should be a buck or two for something the size of your fist.) Chalk your hands, particularly your fingers and the spots that blister. Chalk keeps your hand dry and prevents folds in your ...


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I don't see much use in doing drills specifically for this problem. I'd just focus on dead-hang pull-ups. You'll get stronger with those. The issue here is a mismatch between your perceived strength performance ("I can do 15 chinups") and your "decreased" performance under the standards of the exercise. If you really think you'd benefit from fixing this ...


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I'm sure in a round-a-bout way they do since they're both compound arm/back exercises. But the angles are pretty different, the inverted row targeting the traps a bit more so than the pullup (or chinup) which targets the lats (and biceps, if you're doing chinups. Inverted (or supine) rows I generally recommend as a warmup for back exercises, or for folks ...


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What is the best speed? On exrx, the lady takes about two seconds for one full rep (up + down). When I concentrate on pulling with my arms/shoulders mostly, I take about ten seconds. When I do it faster, I can't concentrate on my arms so much. What's better? The stronger you get, the faster you'll be able to go. If you get to the point where you ...


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Gripping tight would also create tension in your body, which helps for exciting the CNS. Here is a link: http://www.rdlfitness.com/use-a-tight-grip/ It would get your grip stronger, it would increase your pull-up power.


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If it's harmful for the spine, it will let you know in the form of pain or exhaustion. Since you're working with weights less than 100kg, there generally isn't much reason to believe that your back can't handle it. Adding 12kg to 86kg isn't a drastic change. Your skeleton has already handled weight on this order for a long time already. If you're able to ...


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Yes. This is a normal problem to have, but one that is easily (but slowly) fixed by simply taking 5 minutes or so every workout to do some grip work. For instance, if you're doing deadlifts, do some bar holds after your last set/rep. Just stand there, and hold the bar. Adjust the weight if necessary. After you're done with pullups/chins, do some dead ...


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The cable pulldowns are a poor substitute for pullups, because while seated, and locked down (thighs under pads), there is little to no core engagement going on. There's just the activation in the upper torso. At best, they're a supplemental exercise. I would recommend doing the assisted pullup instead. Certainly, while kneeling on this plate, you're also ...


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Short answer Don't worry about it. Longer answer Weight belts are NOT going to give you any problems unless you pack on an obscene amount of weights. And this is a catch-22 anyway, because the weight you'd need to strap to yourself is way more than you'd ever be able to do pullups or dips with. You should always opt for a belt which can be tightened ...



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