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Old 10-12-2019, 03:29 PM
 
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Good article about the benefits
https://www.theepochtimes.com/why-yo...s_3096676.html


I never thought of doing pull ups as an exercise in itself. I originally bought my pull up bar to hang in my doorway so I could stretch out my back. After sitting for hours in front of the computer, it was so satisfying to feel a nice stretch and a 'crack'.

What I noticed over time was that I could hang longer and longer as my hands got stronger. I started lifting my knees up to work my abs and got better results than years of crunches on the floor hurting my neck. I noticed my shoulders and upper back getting nicely shaped as well. All these benefits without doing an official pull up! So don't feel defeated before you start.

My main complaint is the calluses on my hands. I bought some cheap polyester gloves from Amazon but they were too slippery so I was essentially hanging from my fingers.. Can anyone recommend gloves that will allow me to transfer the weight to my palms to get a solid grip?
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Old 10-12-2019, 04:49 PM
 
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I have no glove recommendations, but did you get weight lifting gloves? If not, get those, they will not be slippery at all. Get ones with a suede grip.
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Old 10-12-2019, 06:08 PM
 
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I never thought of pull-ups as anything but an exercise in itself...
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Old 10-12-2019, 06:15 PM
 
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pull-ups?
my grandchildren do that.
https://www.pull-ups.com/en-us/

yes...it is definitely exercise.
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Old 10-12-2019, 07:13 PM
 
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I got tennis elbow from doing so many, so I had to cut back. Still kinda get it from time to time. Great exercise outside of that.
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Old 10-12-2019, 07:23 PM
 
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I just saw a kiosk at the mall. Give the guy $10.00, if you can hang for 120 seconds, you win $100.00. Not allowed to do a pull-up, not allowed to let one hand down to “rest” it.
Women and kids under 12 only need to hang for 90 seconds.
I practiced at the fitness center. 66 seconds. Felt like forever.
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Old 10-13-2019, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Yadaa.at Kale
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I got tennis elbow from doing so many, so I had to cut back. Still kinda get it from time to time. Great exercise outside of that.

Palms forward or back? Chin ups are palms back, and they can be bad news for the elbows from my experience.

I don't think forward should cause that problem.
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Old 10-13-2019, 09:57 AM
 
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I just saw a kiosk at the mall. Give the guy $10.00, if you can hang for 120 seconds, you win $100.00. Not allowed to do a pull-up, not allowed to let one hand down to “rest” it.
Women and kids under 12 only need to hang for 90 seconds.
I practiced at the fitness center. 66 seconds. Felt like forever.
Like most "carnival games", there's always a catch, either the bar surface or diameter is non-standard, maybe the bar is not fixed and "swivels", etc.. Bottom line, even if you can do it at the gym you might not be able to win at the mall.

My buddy's dad taught him a lesson in "Never take another man's bet" when he was a kid. His dad had him sit on the floor, with his legs straight and in front of him and his feet a foot or two apart. His dad poured a cup of water on the floor between the kid's knees, and held a rag in his hand. He gave my buddy a fork, and bet him that he could wipe up the water off the floor before the kid could poke him in the hand with the fork, my buddy was all over the idea (admittedly, the family was a little "different", LOL). Anyway, his dad faked a move with the towel, grabbed the kid by the ankles, and quickly pulled his butt through the puddle, effectively "wiping it up", the kid's arms and upper body lagged his legs, and he never came close to getting the dad with the fork. Bottom line, "Never take another man's bet".

Safety note: Don't try this at home with a sharp instrument - when I was told the story, I was wondering what would have happened if the kid swung his arms around and stabbed himself in the eye. The story was funny, but seemed a little mean to me, but it had the intended effect.
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Old 10-13-2019, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Northern Appalachia
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Palms forward or back? Chin ups are palms back, and they can be bad news for the elbows from my experience.

I don't think forward should cause that problem.

I only do pull-ups and have had both tennis elbow and golfer's elbow from doing them. The solution is to do exercises using a Flexbar. See
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsKGbqA9aNo
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Old 10-13-2019, 11:57 AM
 
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I got tennis elbow from doing so many, so I had to cut back. Still kinda get it from time to time. Great exercise outside of that.

I do pull ups and chin ups, 5 sets each time. I have noticed that the elbow position is what makes the difference. It is like doing a bench press with the wrong elbow position. Just vary the elbow angle until you find the comfortable position.
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