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Why are pull up bars mounted so high up?

Gyms need to have pull-up bars that are high enough that even their tallest members can use them without their knees hitting the ground. They may prefer to have them even higher, so that tall people ...
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Why are pull up bars mounted so high up?

What most people disregard when it comes to pull-ups is that during an actual proper pull-up, your legs and core should be engaged and tensed. You want to be able to hold this throughout the entire ...
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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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Are irregular workouts through the day effective?

What you're doing is essentially a technique called Greasing the Groove. There have been a number of questions on here already about it, but essentially it's a method of becoming stronger in a ...
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When to start weighted pullups?

Most people treat pullups like some kind of special exercise where reps, sets, and weights are somehow on a different plane of existence and doesn't obey all the rules of fitness. It's no different ...
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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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What is the best position for pull ups to target one's lower pecs?

None of these are particularly good exercises for targeting the lower pecs, as the pecs are only very minor contributors to shoulder extension (as in narrow grip pull-ups) and shoulder adduction (as ...
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which is better for a pull up tree branch or actual bar

You'll do less; 5" diameter will be pretty hard to grip. Also, branches generally aren't totally flat so it will be a little off-balance. I'd consider picking up a set of gymnast rings to hang from ...
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How to increase muscles for a pull-up

I just completed my 3×10 sets last week. It took me no more than 3 weeks to achieve it, from not being able to do even 4 repetitions. How I did it: Before you start your workout session (every ...
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How to do "Pull ups" with your Lats?

Not a popular tip -- but you may have to switch to a more "neutral" or "supinated" grip style of pull-ups (often called "chin-ups") instead!! This is because the lats, in ...
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Is moving the legs forward on pull-ups a bad thing?

If you're moving your legs forward while pulling yourself up, it's a way to "cheat" a little bit on the movement. You're using the momentum of your legs swinging up to help you pull yourself up. ...
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Modified pull ups when the bar is too low

The easiest form I've found would be with knees bent back and crossed so one leg is essentially holding up the other. So that is basically #1, but it takes less focus and energy and your torso is in ...
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After 2 years cannot do push or pull up - is it more than a strength issue?

What you should be doing is increasing the strength of the muscle groups you use during a pull-up or push-up. For instance, do lat pull-downs or inverted rows to work your back muscles to the point ...
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What are the effective differences of negative vs. assisted pull-ups?

Sometime ago I would say that negative pull-ups are accessory exercise that should be used at start. In assisted version you have same movement, so your body learns exact movement, and you developing ...
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How exactly to do mind-muscle connection?

Here are some tips that helped me: Know your musculature: The 'back' is an ambivalent term that includes roughly the lower back (erectors), lats, traps, rhomboids, rear delts etc. So when you do a ...
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The Maths of Exercise

Trying to calculate in advance how much weight an untrained individual should be able to use in their first session is an exercise in futility. First session in the gym, just start with a weight that ...
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What have you found to be the best, most effective strength exercises to help complete a strict pull up?

There are various options, in order of least difficult to most you might try the following... Lat Pulldowns (Can be scaled to any difficulty) Dead Hang (30-60 seconds) Scapular Pull-ups Inverted Rows,...
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How often should you grease the groove?

Congratulations on your great progress using grease the groove (GtG)! However from what I read GtG only works for 1 month ca. Why is that? Normally when one lift weights one can progress for years. As ...
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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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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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Are pull ups and shrugs opposing exercises?

The opposite to a pull is a push/press. So an opposing movement for pullups would be any kind of overhead press movement. The opposing movement for pushups would be any kind of horizontal rowing ...
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which is better for a pull up tree branch or actual bar

There's no clear answer. You almost certainly will be able to grip a normal bar more easily (and therefore for more reps) than you can grip a 5-inch tree branch. You probably cannot finish the pull-...
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which is better for a pull up tree branch or actual bar

If there is a difference in grip it might change the amount of reps you can do. Other than that, from my personal experience I can do the same amount of reps on virtually any kind of horizontally ...
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Long term effects of full-rest pull-ups

If you're not locking out, I'm not counting it. They'd get 0 reps counted in a competition, so they're just fooling themselves into thinking they're doing lots of reps. Additionally, getting a full ...
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Long term effects of full-rest pull-ups

What you're describing is, I believe, called a "Deadhang Pull-up," in which you return to the Deadhang position at the end of the eccentric portion of the exercise. Simply put, this is what I consider ...
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Swinging lower body in pull-ups

Involuntary swinging of the lower body during a pull up is usually a mark of low core strength. Try to reduce the swinging but you really shouldn't force it to be immobile as that could lead to ...
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Why didn't 5x5 work for my pullups?

Your question is based on numbers and sets, but no mention of techniques. I'm going to attempt to address the question from a techniques stance. The pull-up is in itself a little of a misnomer for ...
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