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 explosively in the lower part of the movement. I can do 12 pullups, and get this high on about 8 or 9 of them. But I can't pull that far if I'm moving slowly. For instance, if I start with my chin just above the bar, I can't statically pull myself any higher. So:
- Should I focus on pulling explosively when I want to go higher
- Should I specifically work on pulling slowly from some mid point (say, chin-just-over-bar)
When I look at different groups doing pullups some (military physical fitness tests, Mark Rippetoe's book) seem to think that just getting your chin above the bar is totally adequate. But if I wanted to perform a muscle up, I'd obviously need to get higher.
This is sort of a theoretical question at the moment for me - I got some tendonitis in my elbows trying option B, and am on a long, slow road to recovery. But I'd like to understand better how I should have trained, for when I'm better. I feel like pulling explosively was working fine, and had been for a while, and that switching to option B was what injured me. But I'd like to understand how other people do it, for when I'm recovered.