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There is a challenge at a beach I go to. Pay 2.5 euros for the opportunity to try and hold on to a bar for longer than 2 minutes. The bar is not fixed, meaning it can rotate. On a fixed bar I can hold on for a minute that isnt too thick. How much does this non fixed component act on your result? If I were to hold the bar with a pronated grip with thumbs over the bar , I would think that it is the same thing. Thoughts on this? Does anyone now the record for longest time holding on to a bar?

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  • Rotate how? Are you able to grab with a hand on either side (much like you would a pole vault pole)?
    – JohnP
    Jul 27, 2015 at 22:08
  • Nope, only holding it traditionally like doing a normal pullup is allowed. Jul 27, 2015 at 22:10
  • Or a chinup, that grip is for example Jul 27, 2015 at 22:35
  • By rotate i mean like if you were to try to rotate a fixed bar in the motion of ramping up a motorcycle while holding the bar, it would be easy to do with this unfixed bar. Jul 27, 2015 at 22:38
  • Is there any sort of lofty prize for holding onto the bar for more than 2 minutes? Sep 19, 2015 at 8:55

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Overhand grip will focus on your forarms more than a underhand grip. Most people will be better at a overhand grip. Ref: http://www.umich.edu/~mvs330/f00/domination/main.html

Optimal position for your hands on the bar depends entirely on how your body is built. Someone with strong arms can do a vertical hang (narrow grip) easily and someone with strong back will excel at a wide grip hold.

Optimal would be a over and under grip (same as a deadlift) at slightly wider than shoulder width.

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