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The end of February is twenty weeks away. With that much time until the competition, you should periodize your training into a general preparation, specific training, and competition lead-up. Doing just push-ups might work too, but you will achieve better results with a more balanced approach. General preparation - 6 weeks For the general preparation ...


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Yes, Pull-Ups Are Awesome Even If You Can Only Do A Few You should do multiple sets of chin-ups, using negatives to get a larger total number for the workout. If you can only do three pull-ups in a set, then do three--strict ones, good ones, all the way down and all the way up--and then do another three as negatives (jumping to the top and lowering yourself ...


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Exercising after eating is safe. The other answers here are based on personal opinions. When you eat, the process of digestion is aided by the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest). When you exercise your sympathetic nervous system releases adrenaline, which inhibits the peristaltis in your gut. This in terms makes the food move more slowly ...


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I think what's missing in the discussion area is a bit more context. Taking all sets to failure would include the barbell sets. Taking your barbell sets to failure is not part of starting strength. Why take body weight exercises to failure? Body weight exercises don't cause near the stress on your body as the barbell work. Essentially, you can recover ...


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The preferred way to load pull-ups is with a dip belt hung around the hips. This allows for variable loading from very little weight to multiple 45 pound plates, but more relevant to this question, it centers the weight on your hips instead of the shoulders. This means it doesn't change the angle you're pulling at, it simply makes you heavier. It should ...


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These are exact words from Arnold Schwarzenegger in the July 2007 Muscle and Fitness: [...] you can build up to doing full-range-of-motion chins for many reps. Start with the lat pulldown machine. Over time, increase the weight until you're doing pulldowns with your equivalent bodyweight for about eight reps. Then, leave the machine and to free-hanging ...


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Yes, you should be building your arms by doing pressing motions, like bench press and overhead press. However, they will have a negligible effect on your ability to do a pull-up. So, waiting until your bench press or overhead press is strong isn't worth it. Ideally, you'd do pull-ups/chin-ups in a program that also includes bench press and overhead press ...


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If your goal is to be able to maximise the number of push-ups you can do by February, I'd recommend doing lots of push-ups. Seriously. If that is your only goal (and there are worse goals), just do lots of push-ups. Just push-ups. All the time, only push-ups. So unless they are part of the challenge, no pull-ups - just push-ups. Probably the best way to go ...


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High five for working out at home! You can achieve the superb fitness level with home exercise if you know what you are doing. Anyhow I remember doing pull-ups with a backpack once too. However the backpack would disbalance me since it was not tightly wrapped around my body. That's why it's much better to weighted pull yourself with a belt. The belt will ...


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The weight itself won't impact the pullup much no matter where you locate it, as even in a backpack or buckled around the hips it's still going to be close enough to the center of the body that it won't pull "away" from the line of motion (Unless you excessively sway or arch). If you had some sort of contraption where the weight was suspended out away from ...


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Also consider doing two arm pullups, but shortening the length of pull on one side. This is achieved by doing a wide grip on one side, but standard on the other. When you shorten/contract one side partially, you hinder the amount of work it can perform, biasing the side that is performing full range-of-motion. This is also one of my goals, and I am ...


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Pull ups require good development of the back muscles , and you are lifting your body weight. So to increase the number of pull ups you can start doing lat pull downs on machine . These pull downs are to be performed with strict form , with no or least bent in the spine, and bringing the bar to your chins.As you progress and reach about 80-90 % of your body ...


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Pull ups are much harder for women, than for men. Males have significant more muscle mass on their upper bodies than women does, so it is natural, it is hard. That said, focus on assisted exercises to begin with. Grip strength also plays a role, but should come quite quickly for beginners. Rubber-bands Assisted Pull-ups - lift her up by her feet Row ...


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Get a thick rubber band, and do them a lot. I had the same problem as you, but I started doing crossfit, and there they are the standard movement. I did not really get that much stronger, but I just did them a lot, with a band to begin with. I think it is mainly a motor skill, where you need to practise activation other muscles. Don't feel bad if it is ...


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Drop weight and add reps. Remember, too, that weighted pull-ups are only one part of working to a one-arm chin. You should still be doing one-arm negatives, one-and-a-half arm chins, and so on.


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Your biceps like to provide assistance when performing exercises for the back, however if you use a pronated grip (or overhand grip)to do your back exercises it puts the biceps in a weaker position to help out. This forces the brachioradialis muscle, to pick up the slack and aid in assisting the bigger muscle group working. The brachioradialis muscle is ...


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Flip it(the backpack) to the front, dude...hang it from your legs, be creative. Placement is going to bring in helper muscles, but if you want an emphasis on your core, just swing it around the front, it's a pulling motion, the weight will be focused on your center, and shouldn't get in the way of the exercise at all (shoulders maybe)... BTW 5 pull-ups in a ...


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Bar diameter can make a significant difference in performance at pull ups, muscle ups, etc. I have a 2" bar at home and I often struggle to get a muscle up done but at my crossfit gym where the bar is 1.25" I can fly up with no problem. The argument for using a wider bar is building greater forearm strength but, at least for me, I'm extremely confident that ...



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