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    Quote Originally Posted by swordpath View Post
    Definitely add resistance to your pull ups! It will help get your reps up when using no added resistance. Check my post above. If you don't have a support belt/chain/weight plates then you can always put some heavy books in a back pack and do that. That's the way I did it for a while when that's all I had at my disposal.

    Also reverse pull ups are nice. Pull yourself up quickly, and then when going back down, drop yourself real slowly. She's using a plank of some sort to make it easier getting back to the start position (which is optional). I usually won't dedicate full sets to reverse pull ups, but I'll throw a random rep or two in during my normal pull ups.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphosis View Post
    A set of 15 is respectable. That's much more than most people can do.

    Swordpath pretty much nailed it all. Weights, negatives, pyramids, quantity and quality.

    I normally try to do as many as I can with very strict form, initially. A lot of people don't believe in kipping pull-ups but I don't see why not. IMO, doing a kipping pull-up is better than doing nothing.
    Thanks guys! I'll add this to my days at the gym alongside the usual stuff. Actually, my gym has a couple of support belts and chains for anyone to use, so I'm pretty much set in that regard. Your help is greatly appreciated.

    As for kipping pullups, I literally can't wrap my head around those. Training for OCC has the notion that "kips = un-pullup" drilled into my skull. Form is everything for the majority of my sets, though I may attempt a bit of a kip temporarily for the weighted stuff. I'll see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by So It Goes View Post
    Some good information being shared in this thread.

    Do you guys do pull-ups every day or every other day?

    On your off-days or on-days, do you explode with your reps or do them as slowly as possible?
    I go every other day. The explosiveness depends on what I'm doing, but I think that it's important to work both ways. I make sure I go to a dead hang every rep but it's much easier to do it explosively and it obviously gets harder and harder to do it slower once you start getting tired.

    Quote Originally Posted by Engineer View Post
    As for kipping pullups, I literally can't wrap my head around those. Training for OCC has the notion that "kips = un-pullup" drilled into my skull. Form is everything for the majority of my sets, though I may attempt a bit of a kip temporarily for the weighted stuff. I'll see.
    Yeah, if it's for a test you obviously can't kip, but it's still valuable for training, imo, as long as you get used to doing them with no swing from a dead hang as well. I've always kipped if I had to, while training, if I was unable to get any farther on normal pull-ups and still managed to do perfectly fine on graded pullup tests with cadre members standing only a couple of inches in front of me to make sure that there is zero leg swing.

    It's just what works for me, though. If you don't feel comfortable doing them, that's perfectly understandable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Metamorphosis View Post
    I go every other day. The explosiveness depends on what I'm doing, but I think that it's important to work both ways. I make sure I go to a dead hang every rep but it's much easier to do it explosively and it obviously gets harder and harder to do it slower once you start getting tired.
    Same here.

    I make sure I'm not using explosive reps to give myself motion.

    I mostly do more explosive reps, but slowly come down, and then later work on very slow pull-ups to increase the difficulty.

    If I'm doing a few reps per set, like 5, then I will generally go much slower. I guess it depends on what goals one wants with the exercise.

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    I would love to get the place of that first video in the OP of just complete control of your body weight. I have done various degrees of pull-ups and was at 3 sets of 20 at one point a few years ago. Since then I placed more emphasis on pulls for middle back instead of lats and supporting muscles. I use to alternate between that and weighted chin ups. My max chinup was Body weight +90lbs and used to workout with BW+45 for 3 sets of 6 on my weighted days. Hopefully get there one day, we will see. I finally grabbed my power tower and put it in my apartment so I do pullups pretty frequently these days just at random while I am at home. I used to work out with 3 sets of 6-8 @BW+90 on weighted dips, but i havnt done that in while. I never even came close to what those people on that video can do though.

    What exercise do you need to do to be able to pull off a muscle up smoothly like the video?
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    Quote Originally Posted by _Poki_ View Post
    What exercise do you need to do to be able to pull off a muscle up smoothly like the video?
    I've never been able to do it, only tried once. Here is an article on a progression to it I remembered reading.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    I've never been able to do it, only tried once. Here is an article on a progression to it I remembered reading.
    That article reminds me that I want me some rings ok...when I get a house, I am buying me some rings Thanks, I got the pullups and the deep dips down, its the middle part thats a killer. I will have to try those things out.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    I love doing these, but I hate gyms and haven't had a reasonable way to do them in my residence for years.
    I find this hard to believe, what's preventing you?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Juice View Post
    I find this hard to believe, what's preventing you?
    Every place I go has not a single door frame that works for the model of pull-up bar that presses against the over-hang. I keep briefly renting tiny apartments where the owners wouldn't want me to drill are a bar into the walls.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Every place I go has not a single door frame that works for the model of pull-up bar that presses against the over-hang. I keep briefly renting tiny apartments where the owners wouldn't want me to drill are a bar into the walls.
    There are some new bars out that just flip into your doorframe, no screws or overhangs necessary.... one of my hallmates has one. It basically relies on pressure from either side to hold itself up, and it's really quite sturdy despite that obvious one-would-think weakness. Looks like a freakin' steel octopus though...
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    I climb... a lot. I do all of my pullup type workouts to relate to this.

    On that note, rock rings and hang boards are indispensable. Functional pulling strength originates at the fingertips. If anyone is interested I can post some more details on that... Pullups are super easy. Hanging onto 1/4" ledges while doing pullups is less easy. Loops of webbing are great for 1 finger pullups. The rock rings open up an entire range of exercises you can't do on just the hangboard and they also allow your shoulders to rotate more naturally which helps prevent a lot of possible injury.


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