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Old 02-05-2011, 07:37 AM   #1
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Gravitron vs Assisted vs Kipping vs Aussie Pullups where should I focus?

Quick question guys one of my areas of weakness is when it comes to doing pullups.

Currently when im fresh I can do either 2-3 dead hang pull ups or 5-6 kipping pullups or about 8-10 aussie pullups (low bar feet on the ground straight in front of you) but I get fatigued quick and my reps often reduce quickly.

My question to you guys is... Whenever a WOD calls for pullups what style of pullups should someone in my predicament focus on?

It should be stated that I am 5'8" and 230lbs (I have a heavy lower body lol)

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Old 02-05-2011, 11:46 AM   #2
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Re: Gravitron vs Assisted vs Kipping vs Aussie Pullups where should I focus?

i will preface this by stating i am a total newbie. but i am in a similar boat. i can do about 15 dead hangs fresh. but in round 2 and 3 i can do maybe 3-6depending on how exhausted all the other excercises have left me.

i use a band on the 2nd and 3rd rounds, it's like a giant rubber band that hangs from the bar and goes under my foot. this gives me just enough assistance to get through the pull-ups. i always try unassisted first though, with the goal being eventually weening myself off the band assistance.
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Old 02-05-2011, 12:14 PM   #3
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Re: Gravitron vs Assisted vs Kipping vs Aussie Pullups where should I focus?

Thank you Michael I work out similarly. Except I do as many kippings as I can and then when I can't do anymore I head over to the gravitron to do assisted ones or I do Aussie pull ups
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Old 02-05-2011, 05:03 PM   #4
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Re: Gravitron vs Assisted vs Kipping vs Aussie Pullups where should I focus?

I believe when it states pullups in the WOD they are talking about kipping pull ups. If they want anything other than that, they will state it specifically.

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Old 02-07-2011, 09:30 AM   #5
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Re: Gravitron vs Assisted vs Kipping vs Aussie Pullups where should I focus?

If you have access to a gravitron I would use it with a weight that will allow you to do 5-10 reps per set for multiple sets. Try to increase the reps or decrease the weight each week. As you lose weight they will become easier

You want to be carefull not to overstress the joints. You might also consider scaling pull-ups till you get stronger.

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Old 02-07-2011, 09:40 AM   #6
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Re: Gravitron vs Assisted vs Kipping vs Aussie Pullups where should I focus?

Hey, I am a heavy dude trying to increase puill-ups too.

There was link in another thread to this program which I am going to give a shot.

http://manlypat.wordpress.com/2009/0...ll-up-program/

(WFS)

My log will have a detailed record of how I am doing if you want to see the progress.

Good luck
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Old 02-07-2011, 11:54 AM   #7
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Re: Gravitron vs Assisted vs Kipping vs Aussie Pullups where should I focus?

If you only have 2-3 dead hang pullups, you need to stop kipping pullups in WODs and do dead hangs with assistance bands. Gravitron or ring rows would also be preferable to kipping them.
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:24 PM   #8
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Re: Gravitron vs Assisted vs Kipping vs Aussie Pullups where should I focus?

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If you only have 2-3 dead hang pullups, you need to stop kipping pullups in WODs and do dead hangs with assistance bands. Gravitron or ring rows would also be preferable to kipping them.
I'm curious to know your thoughts behind this?
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I'm curious to know your thoughts behind this?
Kipping pullups without having the appropriate amount of shoulder strength is a good way to end up with a shoulder injury. If someone can only do 2-3 solid dead hangs, that tells me that they need to improve their shoulder strength before they even think about kipping. In addition, the OP weighs 230 lbs. That is a significant amount of weight to absorb when kipping, period.
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Old 02-07-2011, 02:43 PM   #10
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Kipping pullups without having the appropriate amount of shoulder strength is a good way to end up with a shoulder injury. If someone can only do 2-3 solid dead hangs, that tells me that they need to improve their shoulder strength before they even think about kipping. In addition, the OP weighs 230 lbs. That is a significant amount of weight to absorb when kipping, period.
Awesome - thank you!!!

I'm just about to the point where I will be able to do an unassisted dead hang pullup and have been contemplating whether at that point I should switch to kipping pullups or lightly assisted during lots-of-pullups-WODs.
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