Pull Ups

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    Nov 20, 2008 3:14 PM GMT
    How important are pull ups in your routine? Do you do them and are they thye staple of your back workout?
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    Nov 20, 2008 3:55 PM GMT
    I tend to do pull ups between sets of exercises like shoulder press and chest press as these make me feel compressed. Pull ups stretch it all out and work the arms while at it!
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:06 PM GMT
    I've been getting back into them. I like them. They're hard, and functional. Of course, I'm 5'4" so wide grip pullups are *really* hard on most bars, but hard is better anyway.

    I like bodyweight things and dynamic things.
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:09 PM GMT
    I consider myself a strong person, and yet I cannot do more that 2-3 pullups in a given set, and no more than 5 total. I'm 6' 190#.

    What gives? I'd like to work them into my routine, but frr now I am just doing 2 sets of 10-12 120# pulldowns.
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:11 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX saidI consider myself a strong person, and yet I cannot do more that 2-3 pullups in a given set, and no more than 5 total. I'm 6' 190#.

    What gives? I'd like to work them into my routine, but frr now I am just doing 2 sets of 10-12 120# pulldowns.


    Does your gym have a "gravitron", or weight assisted pullup machine? I've been using that, and it helps. I've gotten stronger, and can usually do between 6-10 on my first try.
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:14 PM GMT
    Fun_n_fit76 said
    XRuggerATX saidI consider myself a strong person, and yet I cannot do more that 2-3 pullups in a given set, and no more than 5 total. I'm 6' 190#.

    What gives? I'd like to work them into my routine, but frr now I am just doing 2 sets of 10-12 120# pulldowns.


    Does your gym have a "gravitron", or weight assisted pullup machine? I've been using that, and it helps. I've gotten stronger, and can usually do between 6-10 on my first try.


    I forgot about those! I will look out for it. I'm sure it is in the new gym I've been hitting. Thanks.
  • TexanMan82

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    Nov 20, 2008 4:29 PM GMT
    Pullups are very important in my workouts. They give you the "wings". Plus, it's one of the best functional strengths to have.

    That being said, the deadlift is the staple of my back workout, followed closely by pullups.
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX saidI consider myself a strong person, and yet I cannot do more that 2-3 pullups in a given set, and no more than 5 total. I'm 6' 190#.

    What gives? I'd like to work them into my routine, but frr now I am just doing 2 sets of 10-12 120# pulldowns.


    man I know exactly what you mean, thats why I brought this up because I have such a hard time with them. I cant definitely feel the lats and middle back area being worked but I have to use the assist pullup machine for now. I am hoping to work my way up to not using it and really increasing my back width. I love the flair of the lats or "wings" as some call it, awesome!
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:37 PM GMT
    XRuggerATX saidI consider myself a strong person, and yet I cannot do more that 2-3 pullups in a given set, and no more than 5 total. I'm 6' 190#.

    What gives? I'd like to work them into my routine, but frr now I am just doing 2 sets of 10-12 120# pulldowns.


    Well, you answered your own question there, didn't you? You can lift 120 pounds 20 times, but you don't weigh 120, unless you shrank recently. Try the assisted machine, and if not that, switch to trying to increase your pulldowns. Maybe a 10/8/6 pyramid, or even an 8/6/4 pyramid, to increase your strength to the point you can pulldown your bodyweight...
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:45 PM GMT
    DiverScience said
    XRuggerATX saidI consider myself a strong person, and yet I cannot do more that 2-3 pullups in a given set, and no more than 5 total. I'm 6' 190#.

    What gives? I'd like to work them into my routine, but for now I am just doing 2 sets of 10-12 120# pulldowns.


    Well, you answered your own question there, didn't you? You can lift 120 pounds 20 times, but you don't weigh 120, unless you shrank recently. Try the assisted machine, and if not that, switch to trying to increase your pulldowns. Maybe a 10/8/6 pyramid, or even an 8/6/4 pyramid, to increase your strength to the point you can pulldown your bodyweight...


    My "what gives" was just a simple puzzlement, combined with flashbacks to some very embarassing middle school gym classes. :-/

    As always, the answer is work I guess. Thanks for the pyramid idea. I hadn't thought of that.
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    Nov 20, 2008 4:51 PM GMT
    I don't do pull ups. I've never been inclined that way and i'm much to proud to look like a douch infront of a whole gym trying to.
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    Nov 20, 2008 5:01 PM GMT
    its true that they do tend to place the pull up bars in the centre of the gym most often, and i was intimidated at first and could only do like 4 or 5, but now i easily do 3 or 4 sets of 15, its all in just working up to it. And its pretty cute to see guys try it out, especially u sean 85 icon_wink.gif
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    Nov 20, 2008 6:33 PM GMT
    I do pull ups/chin ups vs in doing lat pulldowns. One day I was told that my back exploded when my first set is a wide grip. No wonder I notice the looks behind me via the mirror as I do my sets. I do a full range of motion by going all the way up and down. There is a pull up record on campus when a guy did 60 reps in one set with his body weight and full range of motion.

    If your gym has a High Row Machine, that will give you a complete back workout instead of doing horizontal rows along with lat pulldowns/pull ups/chin ups.
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    Nov 20, 2008 6:34 PM GMT
    i keep thinking this is a forum about kids diapers...
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    Nov 20, 2008 6:37 PM GMT
    I don't go to the gym anymore, just body weight exercises. I will say the best thing I did was buy the complete pushup set from body rev. the perfect pushup is intense, and the perfect pull up is crazy hard. they arent wide grip, but the rotating handles really make you hurt.
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    Nov 20, 2008 6:38 PM GMT
    Also I hate pulldown because when you get to your own weight you start getting pulled out of the seat and I feel like that is really bad for your back
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    Nov 20, 2008 6:41 PM GMT
    I started 4 weeks ago with 1, now I can now do maybe 5 regular ones which to me is pretty sensational. 225 pounds are not so easy to lift. I do not care how silly I look since we do not have a graviton machine I am practicing chin ups wide with one leg. 10 weeks ago I was not able to do a single push up now I can do 3x20, my goal is 3x10 pull ups and I have more patience on the chin ups. that was my goal in the start when I wanted to get in shape and loose weight to be able to do ..push ups, dips, pull/chin ups. 2 down 1 to go icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 20, 2008 6:46 PM GMT
    I do pull ups and chin ups all the time. I rarely take my bar off the door frame.

    For those who have difficulty, the key is to keep trying. If you can only begin with 2-4 at a time, slowly add that 5th one over a week to each set. Then six, then eight, and so on.

    I especially focus on chin ups, as they're quite good for runners who want to maintain overall body balance and stability to increase speed and endurance. In fact, Runner's World this month has a little feature about the benefits of certain home, no-equipment exercises as part of an overall running-based fitness regimen.
  • neon4u

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    Nov 20, 2008 8:38 PM GMT
    I started doing the pull ups as part of the Strength & Muscle Building 12 week program and have been doing them ever since. It is a great exercise for the lats (back). They give you that V look. The 12 Week Program has them as part of the warm-up when working the back which I still do. If you do them later in your routine they will be much harder. They have you use the Graviton maachine... I just use the bar lifting the weight of my body. I do four sets of 12. The first set I usually do about 9 and rest for 30 seconds and do the remaining. Yeah, its funny because at the second set I usually can only do 5 or 6 and then have to rest for a bit to finish them up.

    My advise to all: DO THIS EXERCISE! It's one of the best!
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    Nov 20, 2008 8:43 PM GMT
    I love pull ups. I used to avoid them because I felt embarrassed that I could only do 4 at a time. That was a year ago.
    Now I generally do 3 sets of 11-14 in between other sets.
    My number increased pretty quickly after those initial weeks of struggling.
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    Nov 21, 2008 3:57 AM GMT
    rowerboy saidits true that they do tend to place the pull up bars in the centre of the gym most often, and i was intimidated at first and could only do like 4 or 5, but now i easily do 3 or 4 sets of 15, its all in just working up to it. And its pretty cute to see guys try it out, especially u sean 85 icon_wink.gif


    icon_redface.gif hah thanks Rower,

    I wish straight boys saw it that way and not as a who has the bigger dick type macho b.s.

    I go late some nights because its 24 hours so I might give it ago then icon_biggrin.gif
  • TmanAveen

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    Nov 21, 2008 7:09 PM GMT
    I have pull ups as the super sets to my chest presses. I do sets of 6-8 repetitions directly after pressing a set, and then rest for a minute to minute and a half. I'll do wide or narrow hang, depending on the presses I just did.
    I try to keep the balance between my chest and back that way...

    pull ups are difficult first, but after a while you just get the hang of it, and you can do it.
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    Nov 21, 2008 7:14 PM GMT
    they are part of my normal routine. i squeeze out about 3 sets of 8 reps. I'm working my way up to 10 rep sets.

    I was like all of you guys, started off slowly, only doing 3 or 4 per set. Over time you grow stronger, so here i am today!
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    Nov 21, 2008 7:16 PM GMT
    as a kid in middle school gym class, when we did the anual fitness exam where they calibrated our body fat and made us do a ton of situps in a minute- u all know what i mean lol- i could do 12 pull ups, easy. and i wasn't athletic then! it always surprised ppl actually cause i was kinda chubby lol. now, after having done gymnastics and swimming and working out regularly, i can only manage about 8 at once. what gives? i guess im as at a loss as Rugger there..
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    Nov 22, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    I got motivated to start doing pull-ups when I was in boot camp. I couldn't do a single one, and my training instructor yelled at me, a lot. By the time I left, I could do about 5 in one set. Fast forward about 6 years, having not worked out at all during about 5 and a half of them.

    When I first started working out again, I had an assisted pull-up machine, and was able to pump out sets of 12 to 15. I felt like superman. I joined a new gym, which does not have an assisted pull-up machine. When I first started doing pull-ups without the assistance, I could do 1 - 2. After looking like a "douche" only being able to do 1 or 2 (in front of all those people whom I'm sure were just staring at me work out! lol), I can squeeze out about 7 or so on the first set. To get better at pull-ups you just have to do pull-ups. People aren't watching you when you work out, and if they are, who cares? It's not like you're friends with them.