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Pullups for pansies

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created September 27, 2011 at 10:41 PM

I've got a crick in my elbow for a week now, hurts like you-know-what. I don't think the chin-ups help. Weight lifting is okay, but chin-ups hurt. No, I'm not getting fat, I think it's a touch of arthritis or something, hope it'll go away with the change of seasons. So what do can I substitute for chin-ups? It seems like such an all-or-nothing sort of exercise.

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on September 29, 2011
at 01:00 AM

Good going! It doesn't matter how slowly you're going but for anyone to keep at them for 5 minutes is going to produce great guns! :)

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on September 28, 2011
at 03:39 AM

There's usually a lot of sky larking going on and I do them slowly, but yes, I've got good guns for a chubby lady.

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on September 28, 2011
at 01:23 AM

Hope you get better soon, dude. Chins and pull ups are hard to beat for quick and effective work.

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on September 28, 2011
at 12:13 AM

Ha, yes! You must be a beast if you can do them for 5 minutes! :)

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on September 28, 2011
at 12:00 AM

Good to know that exercise has a name. I can sound a little more like I know what I am doing if people ask now.

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on September 27, 2011
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My mistake- from the header I was thinking Depends for woosy seniors!

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B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

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on September 27, 2011
at 11:55 PM

I believe Happy Now is referring to inverted rows :) And, yes, an excellent sub for pull ups, and just a good body weight exercise in there own right.

Another thing to try is using a resistance band, attached to the bar at one end, and put your foot in the other, it will help lift you.

You may also try including some lat pull downs until your elbow is good to go again.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on September 28, 2011
at 12:13 AM

Ha, yes! You must be a beast if you can do them for 5 minutes! :)

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on September 28, 2011
at 03:39 AM

There's usually a lot of sky larking going on and I do them slowly, but yes, I've got good guns for a chubby lady.

B3e7d1ab5aeb329fe24cca1de1a0b09c

(5242)

on September 29, 2011
at 01:00 AM

Good going! It doesn't matter how slowly you're going but for anyone to keep at them for 5 minutes is going to produce great guns! :)

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on September 28, 2011
at 12:00 AM

Good to know that exercise has a name. I can sound a little more like I know what I am doing if people ask now.

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on September 28, 2011
at 01:21 AM

Resistance bands are best, but if you have a place to set your foot, like a chair or plyometric box, you can do that to scale the weight down. The further out you place the box, the more weight you are lifting.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

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on September 27, 2011
at 10:53 PM

I've never been able to do a full pull-up, but whenever I go to the playground I find a bar about chest height, and lean way back on my heals, pulling my body weight up and forward in a modified pull-up (imagine a reverse push-up). I don't know if that does exactly the same thing, but if I do that for 5 minutes it feels like it does something good.

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