The Mechanics of the Pull-Up (and Why Women Can Absolutely Do Them)

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    Mar 15, 2013 1:04 AM GMT
    http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/guest-blog/2013/03/14/the-mechanics-of-the-pull-up-and-why-women-can-absolutely-do-them/

    I'm 6'3, weight around 200lbs now, have long arms (6.7 span) and can do around ten pull ups per set.

    I always found unfair to see skinny short guys brag about number of pull ups ;-)

    The article explain the mechanics of pull up and the impact of body shape on them.
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    Mar 15, 2013 10:26 PM GMT
    Good article,
    I will quit bragging in the gym I have always been able to do lots of pull ups. Now I know why being short with average length arms.
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    Mar 17, 2013 4:50 AM GMT
    ahab saidGood article,
    I will quit bragging in the gym I have always been able to do lots of pull ups. Now I know why being short with average length arms.


    Keep bragging about your fitness, it's an earned right when we cross the 50yo line ;)
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    Mar 17, 2013 5:01 AM GMT
    Interesting article. I suppose similar analyses could also apply to many other calisthenic movements and explain why most male Olympic gymnasts tend to be shorter than average.

    And I will absolutely brag about my pullups! Being a short guy, it's way harder for me to move around the raw weight that the taller guys can do. Gotta milk my advantages for all they're worth! icon_cool.gif