The close pull-up - why is it so hard?

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    Jul 25, 2008 9:06 PM GMT
    Of all the exercise I do in the gym this one is most difficult and challenging for me.

    Even after 18 months of having this in part of my exercise plan I can only do three sets of 6 or 7 at a time in good form. Why do I find it so difficult? And how is it someone else can do lots with seemingly little effort?
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    Jul 25, 2008 9:16 PM GMT
    You mean pull-ups with a close grip? Maybe I'm one of those guys who don't find them all that hard. Just keep doing them (a lot)! Set a goal of 15 or 20. You'll get there.
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    Jul 25, 2008 9:36 PM GMT
    Sometimes, it's because you're going all the way down (to arms straight) where other guys are only going half way down. It seems like they're doing more, but they're only doing half the work.
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    Jul 25, 2008 9:38 PM GMT
    That's right. Go all the way down for max effect.
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    Jul 25, 2008 9:48 PM GMT
    Yeah, I mean pull-ups with close grip. Maybe they are lighter than me. Other exercises that some guys struggle with I find easy but this one is the killer for me. I always do it at the start of my routine.
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    Jul 25, 2008 10:05 PM GMT
    Schwarzenegger said i t all. " It became very difficult to compete with guys 5'-3" like Joe Columbo" . Arm length means everything in a exercise like that. I have 35-36' arms.. .totally different exercise when you have 28" arms.

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    Jul 25, 2008 10:10 PM GMT
    Oh man. . . here we go again. . . the big guys not giving proper credit to the little guys. . . always demeaning our accomplishments

    j/k (sort of) icon_lol.gif


    all you guys look great

    by the way, the length of my arm is 33, so there

    Alpha, I challenge you to an armwrestling match
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    Jul 26, 2008 2:30 AM GMT

    all you guys look great
    by the way, the length of my arm is 33, so there
    Alpha, I challenge you to an armwrestling match[/quote]

    Dude I'm totally into shorter guys..i find their body proportions beautiful. THe questions is just a engineering one tho. It makes a difference how a force (muscle)
    pulls on a lever ( length of bone) ..it makes a huge difference how long that lever is
    which accounts for the performance difference.
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    Jul 26, 2008 2:37 AM GMT
    Maybe you should do a close grip weighted cable row. That way you can work up to your body weight at the number of reps you want. Also check your grip. Some guys have a hard time with those because their grip is not strong enough. This exercise uses your biceps too. So do them first thing before you do arms but maybe with a little warm up. (never mind, I saw that you do them first)

    Eat your protein and gradually increase your resistance.
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    Jul 26, 2008 2:39 AM GMT
    All that doesn't matter that much when one guy weighs 140 (like me) and the other guy is at 190. The 190-lber has the advantage no matter how long his arm is.

    Which is why it's so fun to beat bigger guys at a-w.
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    Jul 26, 2008 4:35 AM GMT
    ]All that doesn't matter that much when one guy weighs 140 (like me) and the other guy is at 190. The 190-lber has the advantage no matter how long his arm is.

    Which is why it's so fun to beat bigger guys at a-w. [/quote]

    Actually the big dude he has the disadvantage. Strength does not scale linear with weight.
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    Jul 26, 2008 4:36 AM GMT
    Try Reading this Article, and then see if the specialization program helps you: http://www.t-nation.com/article/bodybuilding/keep_your_chin_up

    It has to do with chinups, but you can either follow it as is, or modify it as appropriate.

    It will explain everything to you: Why is the chin/pull up so hard? TWhat parts of your body need to be developed to be successful at the chin/pull? How can you develop your body for the exercise? What are the mechanics of the exercise?

    Tell me what you think of the article icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jul 26, 2008 4:46 AM GMT

    Keep trying at it. Practice makes Perfect.
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    Jul 26, 2008 6:54 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidSchwarzenegger said i t all. " It became very difficult to compete with guys 5'-3" like Joe Columbo" . Arm length means everything in a exercise like that. I have 35-36' arms.. .totally different exercise when you have 28" arms.



    35-36 feet? Yowza.
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    Jul 26, 2008 7:27 AM GMT
    muchmorethanmuscle saidDamn, that Asian bitch killed a tree with her stupid killer yo yo. Poor tree. icon_cry.gif


    Shuddap, you bitch, if we can find a school girl uniform in your size, you can play with my yo-yo.icon_razz.gif
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    Jul 26, 2008 5:44 PM GMT
    GuiltyGear said
    muchmorethanmuscle saidDamn, that Asian bitch killed a tree with her stupid killer yo yo. Poor tree. icon_cry.gif


    Shuddap, you bitch, if we can find a school girl uniform in your size, you can play with my yo-yo.icon_razz.gif


    Please don't kill a tree again though. icon_cry.gif
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    Jul 26, 2008 8:50 PM GMT

    Can I still beat up the bad girls?
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