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Old 04-27-2006, 01:43 PM   #1
Joseph Hart
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I searched the boards and came up with nothing...What width is good for pullups? I am using shoulder width because my pull up bar won't let me go wider. It seems that the CFrs (in the exercise vids) that have a good kip going are somewhat wider than shoulder width. Are the two (good kip and width) related or not?
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Old 04-27-2006, 01:53 PM   #2
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Joseph,
In my experience, I have found that the kip and the grip width are related.

I say this because after a break from kipping pullups (no bar), once I started doing pullups again, I couldn't kip smoothly. After some time and frustration, I realized that I had adopted a narrower grip than previously and my hands were too close together (@ shoulder width) to allow my upper body to easily/powerfully perform a kip.

After widening my grip to slightly wider than shoulder width, I suddenly seemed to remember my old kip!
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Old 04-27-2006, 03:30 PM   #3
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I switch back and forth, sometimes in the middle of a set. Usually I'm at about shoulder width.

Clapping pullups requires a relatively narrow grip AND a good kip.

It's all good.
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Old 04-27-2006, 05:18 PM   #4
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Clapping pullups requires a relatively narrow grip AND a good kip.

Unless you're Jesse Marunde. :biggrin:
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Old 05-01-2006, 08:45 AM   #5
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The wide grip allows the shoulders to swing forward a little easier, if your shoulders are flexible enough a narrow grip will not hinder the kip. I recommend working both.
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