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Old 10-18-2007, 01:46 PM   #1
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Pull up range of motion

I have been cross-fiting on and off for about 8 months now (i play D-1 water polo and have had to adjust crossfit around that) and have found it incredible and am in the of the best shape of my life. My question though is about pull up form in cross fit. In journals and on the web site all movements are stressed to go through a full range of motion, but in watching videos and such it seems like pull ups are an exception. I had thought that a pull up was defined as complete when the elbows cross the mid line and the head is fully above the bar, but it seems in videos that it is complete when you get your chin to the bar. Is there a reason for this? Or do I just have the definition of a pull up wrong? Thanks for the in-put!
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Old 10-18-2007, 02:24 PM   #2
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Re: Pull up range of motion

Full range is chin over bar. You can pull to your chest if you want, though.
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Old 10-18-2007, 06:48 PM   #3
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Re: Pull up range of motion

The standard definition seems to be "chin to the bar," but not everyone agrees with that. I usually strive to get my head over the bar, but the chin at the very least. It's mostly personal preference I think. Of course, the greater the range of motion the better.
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Old 10-18-2007, 07:25 PM   #4
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Re: Pull up range of motion

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I have been cross-fiting on and off for about 8 months now (i play D-1 water polo and have had to adjust crossfit around that) and have found it incredible and am in the of the best shape of my life. My question though is about pull up form in cross fit. In journals and on the web site all movements are stressed to go through a full range of motion, but in watching videos and such it seems like pull ups are an exception. I had thought that a pull up was defined as complete when the elbows cross the mid line and the head is fully above the bar, but it seems in videos that it is complete when you get your chin to the bar. Is there a reason for this? Or do I just have the definition of a pull up wrong? Thanks for the in-put!
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I agree with your idea of a full range pullup (elbows past the midline). In the end it is what you are most comfortable with. (It is not to say that other people's ideas of a pullup are incorrect.)
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Old 10-19-2007, 04:14 AM   #5
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Re: Pull up range of motion

I kind of prefer to collar bone, or middle of neck. Otherwise i feel like im craning my neck to just pop that chin over.
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Old 10-19-2007, 04:50 AM   #6
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Re: Pull up range of motion

That definition of the pullups ROM (midline) is from Gym Jones, not here.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:17 PM   #7
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That definition of the pullups ROM (midline) is from Gym Jones, not here.
Point? That definition is not just GymJones'.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:23 PM   #8
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Re: Pull up range of motion

I've always heard chin over the bar from my gymnastics experience.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:25 PM   #9
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Re: Pull up range of motion

When I say "chin over bar," I don't mean just to pull up far enough that you can tilt your head up to try to get your chin over the bar. That I would consider cheating. The pull-up should be getting your head over the bar without the use of the neck muscles.
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Old 10-19-2007, 08:37 PM   #10
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Tilting the head back only "raises" the chin about two inches or so. It's not like that's going to be a be all end all, heh. I'd say it's relatively negligible.
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