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14/05/2019 11:36 am  

I sucks at pull-ups. It’s just something I’ve never gotten a solid handle on, and it’s only more difficult given my long arms and tall frame.

I know I’m not the only one in the boat.

Found this on twitter today:

The Best Way to Improve Pull-Ups? Part III – The Results and The Verdict

The short version is that if you are like me and struggle, then doing negatives is the best way to get to those first few. After that, switch to a volume based system.

It sounds a bit like a “no duh” kind of thing, but it’s nice to see someone actually out in the research to find an answer.

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04/06/2019 10:36 am  
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I sucks at pull-ups. It’s just something I’ve never gotten a solid handle on, and it’s only more difficult given my long arms and tall frame.

I know I’m not the only one in the boat.

Found this on twitter today: <a href=" removed link " target="true"> removed link

The short version is that if you are like me and struggle, then doing negatives is the best way to get to those first few. After that, switch to a volume based system.

It sounds a bit like a “no duh” kind of thing, but it’s nice to see someone actually out in the research to find an answer.

Thanks for this Matt, I've been struggling with pull-ups as well. I have a fitness goal this year to pass the FBI fitness test with a score that would qualify me for the TRP program which requires a minimum of 2-3 pull-ups after situps, a 300 meter spring, puships, and a 1.5 mile run and a total point score for all event of 20 or more.

I can do 2 good form pull-ups currently, but that's before completing the other exercises.  So I think I need to get in and do some negative reps after completing the other 4 exercises.


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25/09/2019 8:31 pm  

Interesting study.  I have always been bad at pull-ups and I sorta tracked it down to one thing: lifting yourself is hard for fat people.  I am pulling 280lbs up there.

Aside from that, many reasonably fit and strong people struggle with pull-ups because of grip strength.

I still suck at pull-ups, but they got a lot easier after I started practicing with CoC grippers, so now I can do a few.  I bet that will double if I loose 50lbs.

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25/09/2019 10:16 pm  

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There's also a leverage problem in there. I've always struggled with leverage due to relatively long arms. Guys with shorter arms tend to have much easier times with both pushups and pullups.

That's not an excuse, mind you, I know I don't train enough for it- but it doesn't help.

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25/09/2019 10:54 pm  

@matt

There is more to it than just the leverage due to arm length.  There is a fair amount of variance in where ligaments connect to bones in our joints, including elbows.  Where that is and the length of the bone determine how much leverage you get.  That (and fast twitch muscles) is the reason why some people have naturally crazy ability to punch.

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