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Doing 110 pull ups in a row non stop

How does [someone] prepare to do 110 pull ups in a row Start by recognizing this as an extreme goal. I bet the people achieving >75 pull-ups got there by doing gymnastics or bar calisthenics for ...
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I can't perform a single pull-up

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, ...
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Why perform chin-ups/pull-ups to failure on Starting Strength?

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. ...
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Weird result of working biceps and triceps? strength depeleting?

I'd like to break down a few things first which I think might help to explain what I think is going on with your situation. First off, great work on starting with chinups / pullups. They are a ...
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Is doing pull-ups/chin-ups with a backpack full of weights bad?

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 ...
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Pull-ups - should I start greasing the groove?

The greasing the groove method of training isn't actually about muscle growth, which is why it seems contradictory to the usual advice about hypertrophy (gettin' bigger). The greasing the groove ...
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Will chin ups hit my lats or biceps more?

Chinups (palms towards you) do activate your biceps more, but not at the cost of your lats. There's a bit of bro-science about pullups/chinups, but if you read a 2010 study in the Journal of Strength ...
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Not able to add reps anymore. 7 reps for push ups, 1 for chin ups, x reps for inverted rows(specific angle)

First of all, we all have to recognize that most people put on strength and muscle more slowly with calisthenics movements compared to weights. I love calisthenics and gymnastic strength training, but ...
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Where should our legs be when we do pull-ups or chin-ups?

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 ...
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How to get started with Pull-Ups?

I was finally able to do pull-ups starting last year. I had previously tried assisted pull-ups and was never able to get up to body weight pull-ups What finally helped me do pull-ups were a few ...
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How to get started with Pull-Ups?

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 ...
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Breaking plateau on grease-the-groove chin-ups

You're not really greasing the groove right now, and greasing the groove may not be the path to your goal. Six sets of 3-4 pull-ups between squat sets is not greasing the groove--three days a week, ...
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Is full or partial range of motion better for chin-ups?

If you want to use a range of motion you need to use that range of motion. If you don't go all the way to the bottom of a chin-up then you won't grow strength in that end range of motion, you won't ...
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Doing 110 pull ups in a row non stop

You could keep your bodyweight mass down, lose fat if you have any, and do several lat exercises such as landmine rows with t bar, or lat bars, one armed rows, etc. Use an endurance type rep scheme(15-...
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forearm during weighted pull-ups and chin-ups

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 ...
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Does the magnitude of your grip on a pullup bar affect how hard or easy it is to do pullups

Yes, having a better grip makes pull-ups a lot easier, and increases the number you can do, often dramatically.
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Is doing pull-ups/chin-ups with a backpack full of weights bad?

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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How can I reconcile the need for rest with "greasing the groove" on pull ups?

on the question about the seemingly contradictory practices of recovery but also frequent GtG, this article has some good info: http://breakingmuscle.com/strength-conditioning/greasing-the-groove-how-...
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How to strengthen *very gently* your grip in order to safely perform chin-ups? Are wrist wraps good?

More than a year has passed. This is what eventually worked for me: isometric exercises with tennis balls. I built up slowly each third day, from two to four sets of five to ten "reps", where a "rep" ...
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Palms hurt when I do pull ups or chin ups

Years ago, I had a similar experience that actually led to trigger finger. I have only anecdotal evidence, but, I am convinced that doing chin ups was, in some way, related to the cause of my problem....
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Shoulder discomfort after starting StrongLifts

How have you done the chin-ups? Take care that you keep tension all the way during the repetition especially at the bottom of the exercise. Also if you go to wide you can injure your rotator cuff. ...
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Why I can't do pull ups/chin ups properly however I am lifting heavy weight and also doing lots of push ups

"however I am lifting heavy weight and also doing lots of push ups" Lets have a look at the movements that would help with being able to achieve a pull up: Pullups - Unable to do it properly even a ...
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On the grip of chin ups

By far the biggest different in grip variations in chin-ups and pull-ups is that between using a pronated (palms facing forward) grip and a supinated (palms facing backward) grip. Grip width often ...
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Why might assisted chin-ups not be recommended to build up to unassisted ones?

The issue with band-assisted pullups/chinups is that the band does not provide constant supporting force throughout the range of motion. However, if the "most difficult" part for you is at the bottom, ...
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Why might assisted chin-ups not be recommended to build up to unassisted ones?

Well to get right to the point, he is wrong. Resistance band assisted pull-ups and chin-ups are a great way to train for unassited pull-ups or chin-ups. If you want to be able to do for example chin-...
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What exercises are good to build up to performing chin-ups?

Inverted Row This is really best exercise for beginners who can't do a single pull-up or chin-up. One can adjust the inclination (angle of the body w.r.t ground) to adjust the difficulty of the ...
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How to strengthen *very gently* your grip in order to safely perform chin-ups? Are wrist wraps good?

You are currently placing a pulling load on a muscle system and seeing which part of the system fails first. It's easy to forget that strength training involves more than training just the muscle. ...
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How to get started with Pull-Ups?

Use a chair to do assisted pull-ups. Place a chair under the pull-up bar, place one leg on the chair and push against it to assist in your pull-up motion. Using this method, you can choose how ...
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Weird result of working biceps and triceps? strength depeleting?

If you could do 5 chin-ups 4 months ago, then didn't work out for three months, then you started doing curls, I think you just got weaker from not working out. Curls won't necessarily improve your ...
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