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Old 05-08-2006, 10:33 AM   #1
Nick Kirkes
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I'm trying to envision how towel pullups work in order to sub for rope climbs, but am finding different versions on the internet. Some sites say to drape two towels over a bar and do pullups that way. Other sites say one towel, but I can't figure out if you're supposed to alternate which hand is on top, and if so, how often you alternate since you're not really climbing.

Sorry to be a noob, but any help would be appreciated. Videos would be even more appreciated.
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Old 05-08-2006, 10:45 AM   #2
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Nick,

The way I've always done the towel pullups as a sub is using a single towel I'll alternate between hands of which hand is on top.

I find towel pullups to be harder than the rope climb, weird stuff

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Old 05-08-2006, 10:48 AM   #3
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I use a single lightweight towel over the bar. Each 1/2 of the towel is about 1.5 inches in diameter, bunched up. One hand reaching up high overhead, the other just over head.

For the recent WOD with rope climbing, I started doing 5 per "side", switching hand positions after 5. This degraded to doing 3 sets of 3 per side, then switching back and forth to 45. I needed more frequent breaks for my grip/fingers.

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I kept thinking about how I should tape each 1/2 of the towel into more of a rope like shape. Afterwards, I thought about planting the 25 foot tall log in my back yard for using a real rope.

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Old 05-08-2006, 09:57 PM   #4
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Allen- I do too. I'm going to guess it's because almost no one rope climbs with what would be full ROM in pullups. And maybe lumping all the eccentrics at the end helps make it gentler too.
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Old 05-09-2006, 11:16 AM   #5
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Thanks for the responses. I'll give it a shot next time rope climbs come up.

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