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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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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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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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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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Pullup progression with muscle-ups as long-term goal

Sounds like you're ready to start muscle-up training, your numbers are decent enough (5 sets of 5 is my target before I move my students to muscle-up training). Add in some jumping muscle-ups to ...
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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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why can't I do push up or pull up?

The first question I would have to ask you is are you 40 kg or less? The reason you have a hard time with these body weight exercises is because the resistance of your body is more than you are ...
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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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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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How to increase Pull-ups

A couple of years ago I went from 8 pullups to 24 pullups after getting an Iron Gym for my house and doing "Grease The Groove". Basically just do unplanned sets throughout the day when you're at home, ...
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Is there any objective reason for the hatred towards the pulldown machine?

I'm not convinced that people "hate" it. I think what you're seeing is probably exasperation with how popular the machine is in disproportion to its usefulness. negative pullups...band-assisted ...
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Pullup progression with muscle-ups as long-term goal

Since you can do 5 to 7 pull-ups and your goal is muscle-ups, I'd focus on high-rep sets in every workout. Three sets of 8 is OK, but I've found that pull-ups respond very well to volume. Five sets of ...
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Lat Pulldown vs. Pullups for back strength and bicep development

Both exercises will work your back significantly. It is really up to preference, I know a lot of guys who solely do pull ups to build a huge back as well as ones who solely do lat pulldowns. Both have ...
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If you can't flexed-arm hang, are you necessarily cheating on your pull-ups?

When you are at the bottom of a pullup, and your arms are straight, your biceps start the lift. Your back comes into play when it's time to pull your elbows back, which gradually becomes more relevant ...
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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 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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Can one do pull-ups right after a meal?

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 ...
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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 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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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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exercise that can replace Pull-up?

If you have a table, you can do inverted rows. Get into a lying position under the table, hands holding the edge of the table. Pull yourself up to the table and repeat. It's easier than an actual pull-...
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How to prevent blisters on plam during normal excercises such as dumb bells

There are two main hazards for your hands when gripping things: developing callouses and blisters. If you have blisters (area of skin covering a pocket of puss), it is because you are letting the ...
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How to effectively determine whether I am losing muscle or not

The only really accurate way to determine if you're gaining (or losing) fat is with a water tank. Fat floats, bones and muscle sink, and fluids don't really have much of a difference. Armed with that ...
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Pullup Bar & Bodyweight exercises

Is my friend, who lifts 3 times more weight than I do, stronger? He's stronger than you at certain things. There is no universal single benchmark for strength. Numerous things can be used: squats, ...
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Do Inverted Rows prepare you for Pull Ups?

I'm sure in a round-a-bout way they do since they're both compound arm/back exercises. But the angles are pretty different, the inverted row targeting the traps a bit more so than the pullup (or ...
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How can you build tolerance to neck muscle strains?

My susceptibility to neck strains decreased significantly after I started focusing on overhead mobility. For me that meant overhead presses, overhead squats, one-arm overhead pressing while in a ...
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