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Old 11-14-2005, 09:27 AM   #1
Taha Mohamedali
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We don't have a good "horizontal pull" exercise in our crossfit arsenal of exercises.

hanging rows work well, but it's hard to add extra weight to your chest like that.

What are people doing as an antagonist to the pushup /bench press.

i'm considering buying a rope, and doing a "tug of war" with a stack of plates in the gym, but I risk jeprodizing my gym membership....
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Old 11-14-2005, 09:56 AM   #2
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Inverted pull ups work well. Hang upside down on a pair of rings piked, and pull as high as you can. You can add as much weight as you need this way.
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Old 11-14-2005, 10:00 AM   #3
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"Hanging rows", are you talking about a front lever? I don't think anyone needs to add weight to a front lever. Or are you saying that your feet are supported while you lay supine and pull yourself towards a bar?
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Old 11-14-2005, 11:34 AM   #4
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Practice your lever. I'm currently working with a tuck lever, where I can manage only a few pullups in succession. This is how I "scratch that itch" for horizontal pulls.
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Old 11-14-2005, 12:05 PM   #5
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If ring rows are too easy, do them one arm at a time. By adjusting your foot position you'll be able to find a spot where the resistance is right.
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Old 11-14-2005, 03:07 PM   #6
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By hanging rows I mean having my feet supported and my chest under a low bar (about 1.5 feet above the floor) and pulling up so that the chest hits the bar.

I've used a smith machine with the bar locked at the lowest level for this and it's worked quite well.
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Old 11-14-2005, 07:15 PM   #7
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If you want a powerful antagonist to the pushup and bench, I would work developing your front lever. Then you won't need a smith machine to support your feet on. :happy:
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Old 11-15-2005, 07:58 AM   #8
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Try straddle lever pullups, they will fry the middle of your back.
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Old 11-15-2005, 08:05 AM   #9
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Last night I tried to progress from the tuck lever by slowly extending my legs into the straddle position. Didn't make it all the way, and it felt like someone flamed my back with a blowtorch.
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Old 11-15-2005, 12:48 PM   #10
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Not to step on anyones toes here, but maybe just try seated or standing cable rows.
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