Wide Grip Pull Ups

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  1. Joser

    Joser Active Member

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    I can do 8-10 sets of regular pull ups with a not so strict form.

    When it comes to wide grips, I can only do 1. I can feel pain of my shoulders.

    Any tips? Im i going to get used to the pain? any alternatives?

    Thanks
     
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    Do more wide grip lat pulldowns. or negative-weighted widegrip machine or just keep doing that 1 and it will turn into 2
     
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    I have never in my 10 years of doing wide grip pullups found pulldowns to help even a little.

    Arnold says it best. do 50. doesn't matter how many sets, even if it's 50 sets. Soon 50 will be 40 then 10 sets and eventually 3.

    To go even further, don't do the neg weight dealy. Do jumping pull ups.

    As far as pain goes, I know that I need a bent bar to do very wide grip or I get elbow pain. I can do slightly wider than shoulder width with a straight bar.
     
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    I find doing wide grips hurt my forearms more than anything else.

    I remember the first time I ever tried a wide grip pullup, when I was out of shape, and my forearms ached for days afterwards.

    If you find your shoulders hurting, perhaps it's time to start working them more? As soon as my forearms got stronger, the pain diminished significantly. It's a saving grace that the forearms get stronger with almost any exercise requiring your hands.
     
  5. Mike McDermott

    Mike McDermott It's evolution, baby. OT Supporter

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    yeah they hurt my shoulders too

    no point in doing wide-grips imo
     
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    awesome av.... so hot... :drool: UC merced??? you wouldn't happen to know a jason kang would you?
     
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    If I go to a full hang any kind of pullups destroy my elbows. :dunno:
     
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    wierd. Even on bent bars?
     
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    they kill my shoulders as well, worst exercise for my shoulders by far. ive tried everything and now i do as narrow grip as possible sometimes a parallel grip...so instead of _ _ i will do | |

    if that makes sense. its the only way that doesnt destroy my shoulders for the rest of my workout.
     
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    PianoProdigy Better than most at most things OT Supporter

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    i either use the palms-facing grip or the slightly angled traditional grip attachment
     
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    dont feel shit in my shoulders from wide grip pullups

    any shoulder press or front raise kills them though.
     
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    some of you guys should try thumbless. Harder on the forearms, but it puts your arms in a slightly different position. May help some elbows and shoulders.
     
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    Don't have anywhere to try on a bent bar. :dunno:
     
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    Rumbaar Inherent Omniscience OT Supporter

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    Are you doing behind the back or front wide grip pullups? Try changing, as I find I can do behind ones strict easier than front one, but when tired the front are easier 'cause I can cheat a little.

    Do you have a pullup assist machine? If so start at like 1/3-1/2 body weight assist and work up from there.
     
  15. jmezz

    jmezz layin in bed stretchin my pumped quads for hours

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    Post more of your av.
     
  16. Ceaze

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    don't use a wide grip... semi-supinated is probably better for you
     
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    Yep. For awhile when my shoulders were having issues only the neutral grip didn't cause any discomfort.
     
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    i noticed that the girth of the bar really matters too. there's this assisted pull up machine that has girthy ass handles, and makes pullups twice as hard.
     
  19. jmezz

    jmezz layin in bed stretchin my pumped quads for hours

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    Yeah, the girthy ass ones make it twice as hard for me too.
     
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    y1997 Made in the U.S.S.R.

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    I dont go to a complete dead hang for that reason...I stop just short of having my arms completely extended.
     
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    not that i'm complaining, i'm sure it increases my grip more than a normal girth bar.
     
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    that's what she said
     
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    CARETAKER KANEDAAAA!!! OT Supporter

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    I fucking hate my gyms wide grip handles.. They've got some stupid padding on it that's not securely fastened, so even if you're gripping it really hard, it'll rotate and your position to the bar gets screwed. If I use the straight bar, it's way better.
     
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