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Old 07-21-2011, 10:28 PM   #1
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Thumbs-around grip for pull-ups... safer?

I've been hearing a lot about the thumbs-over v. thumbs-around argument lately. A lot of people seem to mention that a thumbs-over grip is safer. I understand why this would be for something like a bench press but not sure why it would apply for a pull-up.

FWIW, I do strict pull-ups and have been using a thumbs-over grip all along. Should I be switching to a thumbs-around grip?
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:48 PM   #2
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Re: Thumbs-around grip for pull-ups... safer?

If you are strict it's not as big a deal, but if you kip and if you get sweaty and if you get your body more horizontal and your grip slips...you're toast. One of our better female athletes used the "death grip" as we call it at Regionals this year, slipped off the pull-up bar and separated her shoulder.

Put your thumbs around...
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Old 07-21-2011, 10:50 PM   #3
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Re: Thumbs-around grip for pull-ups... safer?

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If you are strict it's not as big a deal, but if you kip and if you get sweaty and if you get your body more horizontal and your grip slips...you're toast. One of our better female athletes used the "death grip" as we call it at Regionals this year, slipped off the pull-up bar and separated her shoulder.

Put your thumbs around...
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Old 07-22-2011, 03:40 AM   #4
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Re: Thumbs-around grip for pull-ups... safer?

I have always used over as I was told by a recruiter bfore bootcamp you get more muscle activation in the arms. In hind sight I know it doesn't matter, but I gas out on pull ups way before my grip gives up. Thank God for bouldering I guess.
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Old 07-22-2011, 05:53 AM   #5
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Re: Thumbs-around grip for pull-ups... safer?

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If you are strict it's not as big a deal, but if you kip and if you get sweaty and if you get your body more horizontal and your grip slips...you're toast. One of our better female athletes used the "death grip" as we call it at Regionals this year, slipped off the pull-up bar and separated her shoulder.

Put your thumbs around...
Sorry to hear that about your athlete that is a real shame. But I agree that there is very little downside to wrapping your thumb around
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:24 AM   #6
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Re: Thumbs-around grip for pull-ups... safer?

I dunno. Is there really much of an upside to thumbs around grip? I understand why it's important on bench because the bar will slide toward your palm since that is the way gravity is pulling it and your thumbs provide a stop for it. On a pull up gravity is pulling you downward meaning the bar is trying to escape toward your fingers and away from your thumb meaning that really the only determining factor to whether or not your going to fall off is how strong your grip is. Doesn't seem like your thumbs would help that much unless you're going to hook grip the bar...

I could be wrong. It's just a thought.
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:31 AM   #7
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Re: Thumbs-around grip for pull-ups... safer?

I don't think I ever wrap my thumb on pull ups. As long as you're not doing a full on scorpion butterfly or kip, you shouldn't be separating your shoulder if you fall.
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Old 07-22-2011, 07:35 AM   #8
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Re: Thumbs-around grip for pull-ups... safer?

Personally I have always put my thumb over rather than around the bar. I have no scientific basis for which is better. For me, going around the bar seems to make my hands stretch out more which makes it harder to grip. To each his own on this matter, I suppose.


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I don't think I ever wrap my thumb on pull ups. As long as you're not doing a full on scorpion butterfly or kip, you shouldn't be separating your shoulder if you fall.
Or breaking your collarbone.
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Re: Thumbs-around grip for pull-ups... safer?

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Personally I have always put my thumb over rather than around the bar. I have no scientific basis for which is better. For me, going around the bar seems to make my hands stretch out more which makes it harder to grip. To each his own on this matter, I suppose.




Or breaking your collarbone.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=iXFgUAvzUaM
(wfs but may cause you to cringe)
The girls yelp at the end is hilarious. Nice old SNAP.
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Old 07-22-2011, 08:01 AM   #10
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Re: Thumbs-around grip for pull-ups... safer?

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Personally I have always put my thumb over rather than around the bar. I have no scientific basis for which is better. For me, going around the bar seems to make my hands stretch out more which makes it harder to grip. To each his own on this matter, I suppose.




Or breaking your collarbone.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature...&v=iXFgUAvzUaM
(wfs but may cause you to cringe)
The guy in this video made Regionals though. Total boss.
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