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Old 08-19-2005, 07:13 AM   #1
John Walsh
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I find that I can do pull-ups more effectively with a close grip preferably with a pull bar where my palms can face each other. I also find it easier to kip this way. My question is does it really matter what kind of grip we use when doing pull-ups? I find that when I use the standard grip, slightly more than shoulder width, it feels like I’m pulling 600 pounds. Does this have something to do with my body mechanics or something?
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Old 08-19-2005, 10:04 AM   #2
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Palms-towards uses more of the biceps, while palms-away uses more of the much smaller brachialis.
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Old 08-19-2005, 01:31 PM   #3
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Doesn't matter, except, of course, that typically whatever you least like doing and find most difficult is what you need most.

(I guess that means I should take my own advice and force myself to do palms-in pull-ups at least some of the time.)
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Old 08-19-2005, 02:40 PM   #4
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I try to mix it up, I find the regular pull-up easier (probably due to my gymnastics background). When doing 100 or some other insane number I generally do 10 regular, 10 chinups, 10 mixed, 10 mixed other way...repeat.
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Old 08-19-2005, 05:56 PM   #5
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it does matter,

and some info pull ups are palms away and chin ups are palms towards the face

when u do chin ups you get some more help from the biceps but when u do pull ups u have to use your lats more

in addition the wider the pullups work the lats more too
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Old 08-19-2005, 06:17 PM   #6
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Do all the variants you can think of. Mix it up.
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Old 08-19-2005, 06:54 PM   #7
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I do the same thing as Beth. I change it all around depending on how I feel. I also find that changing it around tends to keep me from getting tendonitis in my elbow (Golfers Elbow).
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Old 08-19-2005, 10:07 PM   #8
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When I was in high school, I was a "poolie", one of the kids rip-roaring to join the Marines on their 18th. We got in a lot of discussions about pullup form, but I learned best by doing.

Do them with your palms facing away and all the swing you got. You will get stronger that way and ultimately be able to put up bigger sets than anyone else, no matter what form the rules require.
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Old 08-20-2005, 07:04 AM   #9
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I agree with Nic. You gotta do them to learn them. I do all kinds of different grips and widths, both kipping and dead hang. They are all important for various needs, and each grip builds strength and endurance in a different way. Variety is the key.
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