help with pull-ups

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  1. Mojo

    Mojo New Member

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    im a heavy set guy... 200lb-+, 5'7". i have a hard time doing any form of pull-ups. the most i could do without assistance is probably 1-2 in the middle of my workout and maybe get to 3-5 if its the first workout i start on. i would like to know what can i do that could help me accomplish at least 10 pullups without hesitation?

    and what are the differences between a wide grip pullup and closer grip? it seems to me close grip is easier
     
  2. Maestro Nobones

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    damn there was a helpful link posted a while back. wish I still had it.

    I have been doing the exercise, I forget what it's called, where you hang at the top of the pull-up position for 10 seconds, then slowly ease yourself down over 5-10 seconds. I've seen increase in my pullup ability. I could only do 4 to start off with, I did like 12 the other nite in one shot.
     
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    damn, find that link! lol

    what was your body weight and height at the time you had trouble with pullups?
     
  4. Alias

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    i have trouble with pullups because i'm 6'5" and my arms are suuuper long.

    i can bench at least 265 on a good day so its not that i'm weak. i have fairly good sized lats too. i'm thinking it will just always be hard due to the length of my arm.

    anyone else really tall have issues with pullups?

    i've been told that you gain more muscle on the negative side of the lift (going down on the pullup) and to alllllways go down slower than you went up.
     
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    Just do as many as you can. Three sets baby!
     
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    I started at 6'3" 167 and am 183 lbs right this minute. I started on may 24th.
     
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    Do as many as you can for a set amount. Try 15 for now. Do as many sets as it takes to get there.

    Close grip utilizes more of your arms, wide grip more of your back.
     
  9. JustBlazin

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    i'm 6'4", i have trouble doing wide grip pullups (although with lat pulldowns i'm fine), close-grip i'm fine and have no problem doing though
     
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    start with assisted and keep on dropping the weight that you are using until you reach your goal
     
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    Didint see anyone mention it here but it might be helpful to try the Armstrong program, just do a google on Armstrong pullups and you'll find more crap than I care to post.
     
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    how much can you lat pulldown?

    i've always looked small, regardless of how i can lift far more than people that look a lot bigger, due to the length of my arms (more surface area that i need to build muscle over...)
     
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    what's your weight
     
  14. SteveO

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    I'm not as tall as you guys (6'2), but I personally feel to have an advantage on pullups with longer arms.
     
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    just do a ton of heavy lat pulldowns....
     
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    I used my legs to push off a bar to get myself up.
    I would use just what I needed to assist.. its hard but try not to cheat yourself.
    I felt so ashamed for being so weak becuase i used to be able to do them with no problem when i was younger.

    After 2 months I no longer had to do that. Pretty soon I feel like im going to have to figure out a way to add wgt to my pull ups.
     
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    never maxed but usually about 180 for 8-10
     
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    Hold the plate between your knees, that's what I've been doing for dips.
     
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    Damn. And I was patting myself on the back earlier this week for doing 5 easily with 90lbs.
     
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    why don't you start off with the machine on in the gym...well i don't know if yours has one but my gym has a machine where you set a specific amount of weight and it supports you to a certain extent. it's a pullup machine i don't know what it's called...does anyone else know what im talking about? i know this description isn't the best
     
  24. disblohs

    disblohs I can't shake this little feeling I'll never get a

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    ours is called the gravitron, but it's generally referred to as an assisted pullup machine or assisted dip machine
     
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    yea that machine


    thanks man :bigthumb:
     
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