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    pull ups??

    How many of you guys do pull ups? How often per week do you do them, what is your set/rep range? And how beneficial do you think they are for a wider, thicker, stronger back?

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    Outstanding exercise but I don't do them anymore. Seems the heavier you get the more they seem to hurt my radialis and then inhibit other exercises. I always preferred moderate or higher reps and body weight was normally sufficient. Used to love that exercise.
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    I start off every back/chest workout with a set of wide-grip pullups to failure (normally 22-24).
    They aren't crucial to lat development (since you can accomplish the same with pull-downs), but they're a nice warmup and are fun to do if you're good at them.

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    They are a awesome exercise in my opinion. Technique is critical rather than reps like any exercise, and can increase explosion power for many sports. Great for overall back strength, grip, and for-arms.

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    Thanks for all the feedback guys. I know guys like Josh Bryant who swear by pull ups and argue that you can't get the same stimulation from lay pull downs. Have you guys noticed an increase in size (width/thickness) by incorporating pull ups?

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    I do close grip underhand pullups every workout, I don't do wide very often cause they hurt my radialis as well, plus at over 270 they are just plain hard to do. I do 4 sets of 8-12 usually, at one time I set a goal to do 25 chins and 50 dips. I would do chins every day,sometimes twice a day, took a while but I reached my goal, I was closer to 255 at that point. I love the pull up, done right I feel it hits my back the best out of all exercises.

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    I love them .....I do them somewhat wide and weighted.
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    I hate pull ups. Suck at them. But I put them in 3x a week. Gotta do the things you suck at right? One day Ill do 100 in as few sets as possible , the second day I'll do 5 sets of as many as possible and on the third day I'll do 5x5 weighted. This I believe more than anything else has led me anyway to a much stronger more muscular back.

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    Damn Marc that is some decent volume, I would pull my arms out of socket trying to do 100 in one workout.

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    Thanks guys. And Marc, I think I may incorporate something like that in my workout as well.

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    Pulls ups are great, one of my favorite exercises. I do about 5 sets, 10-12 reps weighted.

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    theyre pretty awesome, do wide-grip 3 sets of 10, but theyre so much more difficult to do when 30lb heavier than usual lol

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    I found that using wrist wraps allows me to go wider before my grip fails. I love the wide pull ups but often have trouble with grip when I go extra wide.

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    Love pull ups, various grips. Always use wraps - helps to focus on my back.

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    Pull ups have so many grip variations to focus different areas. I like the 45 degree close supinated grip, and i do them on shoulder day to finish burning out rear delts

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    pull ups are the only exercise that cause doms in my lats...no matter how heavy I do pull downs I don't get the doms like I do with pull-ups...I know doms isn't necessary for growth but I like to feel like I did something the days after...

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    i work them in my back circuit every now and again. i've found that grip plays an important role in managing joint problems. neutral grip @ shoulder width is the least irritating for my shoulder and forearm.

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