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Old 03-13-2009, 07:32 AM   #1
Neil Fonseca
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slippery pull up bar

The pull up bar at my gym is as smooth as a baby's bottom. As a result, I can't hold on to it for longer than ~10 sec. This is causing a lot of problems for me as I try to learn the kip, since by the time I have a swing down, I'm falling off the bar. Would gloves help? If so, could you point me to a pair? I should mention that I use chalk, and it helps a little, but not much.
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:34 AM   #2
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Re: slippery pull up bar

Tape it up!
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:51 AM   #3
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Re: slippery pull up bar

...can you be more specific? The bar is at a gym. Will they allow me to put tape on it? What kind of tape?
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Old 03-13-2009, 08:55 AM   #4
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Re: slippery pull up bar

Athletic tape. If they don't let you do this, look at it as a way to strengthen your grip.

If you buy gloves, make sure they match your purse.
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:41 AM   #5
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Re: slippery pull up bar

Chalk helps a little but many gyms grown on it. Of you could get a set of gymnastic grips (WFS) or make something vaguely similar by getting two small offcuts of neoprene.
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Old 03-13-2009, 10:43 AM   #6
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Re: slippery pull up bar

How much chalk are you using?
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:39 AM   #7
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Re: slippery pull up bar

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How much chalk are you using?
Depends on the day. I've tried different amounts. My gym allows chalk as long as I clean it up. I guess I'll see how they respond to the tape.
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Old 03-13-2009, 11:43 AM   #8
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Re: slippery pull up bar

In the past I have used Football Wide Receiver Gloves that are tacky to the touch. With the full figures it will give you more surface area to work with. They have worked well on slick bars. Jamie is right though, eventually you will need to strengthen your grip.
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:51 PM   #9
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Re: slippery pull up bar

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Chalk helps a little but many gyms grown on it. Of you could get a set of gymnastic grips (WFS) or make something vaguely similar by getting two small offcuts of neoprene.

You can also make your own gymnastics grips out of athletic tape. There are several different ways to sheer this sheep, but I'll try to describe one:
  1. Tear off a piece of tape approx 4 inches long
  2. Fold in half or in thirds lenthwise...hotdog style, for those of you who get it (depends on comfort...trial and error)
  3. This next part is hard to explain... for explanation purposes, lay this piece flat, and put a mark on the two ends. Fold it in half so the two marks are touching. Then flip one end so both marks are facing the same direction. This should make a loop.
  4. With the two ends overlapping and facing the same direction, use a couple strips of tape (as wide as you need for your hand, folding if necessary, and long enough to reach a couple inches down your wrist) to tape the ends of the loop together and provide the base to cover your hand (it won't cover your entire hand). Be sure to tape both sides of the ends of the loop to cover all sticky parts of the tape.
  5. This is your grip, and you can reuse this several times. If you're covering blisters or tears, fold some gauze into the grip.
  6. Put the loop over your middle or ring finger (I prefer middle), and tape around your wrist to hold the grip in place.
  7. Add chalk for some extra help.
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Old 03-13-2009, 05:00 PM   #10
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Re: slippery pull up bar

Hey John, do you have any pics of this method?
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