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Old 01-28-2014, 10:20 PM   #11
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I do chin-ups as opposed to pull-ups...(pull-ups cause pain in my forearms for some reason) I do them between EVERY set of bench presses from warm ups to heavy singles...I love em and I believe they make me more awesome by the day. I find 8 to 10 in a single set VERY challenging...can do singles with +75lbs.
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Old 01-28-2014, 11:30 PM   #12
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overrated as a do-it-all, substitute for all other moves? yes.

overrated as a essential to full development, width, shoulder and grip health, etc? no.

if you can pull down your body weight but can't pull it up, something ain't right!
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I do chin-ups as opposed to pull-ups...(pull-ups cause pain in my forearms for some reason) I do them between EVERY set of bench presses from warm ups to heavy singles...I love em and I believe they make me more awesome by the day. I find 8 to 10 in a single set VERY challenging...can do singles with +75lbs.
Honestly, there underrated. Most people shy away from them because it's difficult for them. My favorite pull ups are neutral grip with straight legs from dead hang, least stress on joints and amazing upper body movement.
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Old 01-29-2014, 12:14 AM   #14
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I believe some amount of closed kinetic chain exercise (not just squats 'n deads ), on a regular basis, is healthy. As for mass building, there's quite a few big bodybuilders - and others focussing on aesthetics - that have sworn by them, as well. I don't know one way or the other for sure, mind you.

And hey, could be you'll need to pull yourself up onto a ledge, or cliff or something. You never know, right?
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Old 01-29-2014, 01:45 AM   #15
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I think they're great. I love them. I'm kind of a stocky dude (5'9" 225lbs) and when I started doing pull-ups (again) a few months ago when I was lighter (maybe ~210lbs) I could only get maybe 6 reps max. I was able to progress without doing pull-downs by doing negatives and now I can bang out 15 no problem.

In the end I also think they're underrated as long as you work with them the right way. They've definitely helped me with anything from arm size to the amount of weight I can DL.
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valuable exercise yes most defintley, when I was in my late teens I could bash them out fairly easy now I am older more heavier and not so fit I can only squeeze a few out, but for me a combination of rows and deadlifts work my back good, I don't like pull ups enough to want to get good at them.
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I love pull ups, and attribute them to helping me fix the imbalances I had developed from too much pressing.

With that being said I don't treat them as a core lift, as in set reps and percentages and such, as with bodyweight fluctuations the rep ranges vary anyways. However as an assistance exercise they're great, so many variations in grip to keep it fresh (and friendly on the shoulders and elbows).

Having a job where I am constantly climbing tall ladders, often under load with tools etc. I feel the progress has definitely translated to my everyday life. This makes the pull up (and it's variations) very valuable to me personally, and far from overrated.
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Honestly, there underrated. Most people shy away from them because it's difficult for them. My favorite pull ups are neutral grip with straight legs from dead hang, least stress on joints and amazing upper body movement.
Agree on all counts! I so wish I could use a neutral grip...my power rack chin bar is not set up for them
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I love pull ups, and attribute them to helping me fix the imbalances I had developed from too much pressing.

With that being said I don't treat them as a core lift, as in set reps and percentages and such, as with bodyweight fluctuations the rep ranges vary anyways. However as an assistance exercise they're great, so many variations in grip to keep it fresh (and friendly on the shoulders and elbows).

Having a job where I am constantly climbing tall ladders, often under load with tools etc. I feel the progress has definitely translated to my everyday life. This makes the pull up (and it's variations) very valuable to me personally, and far from overrated.
Wendler recommends doing pull-up between EVERY set of presses...makes so much sense. Don't get too worried about rep scheme...just do some reps and stay away from failure for the most part.

As to how they "rate"...kind of want to say who gives a fuck...they work really well for everyone and anyone who does them regularly.
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