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      02-17-2024, 04:49 PM   #1
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Weighted Pullup Thread

Been spending more time returning to my favorite lifts in the gym and weighted pullups is one of them. Wanted to discuss weight, tips and techniques.

Currently, I'm at the beginner stage with 25 lbs. I do a couple sets of 5 - 9, chin-ups and pullups, whenever I can.

I used to do them on my rest days, pyramids style starting with pullups 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 alternating with chinups. My goal is to get back to that.

Curious to hear your results.
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      02-17-2024, 09:02 PM   #2
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Always found seated pull-downs less hassle with a cable machine, but no doubt missing out on stabilization and bracing that way.

Belt and chain through plates? In my home gym (no cable machine) ill sometimes hold a dumbbell in my feet but I cant manage more than 35lb that way
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Always found seated pull-downs less hassle with a cable machine, but no doubt missing out on stabilization and bracing that way.

Belt and chain through plates? In my home gym (no cable machine) ill sometimes hold a dumbbell in my feet but I cant manage more than 35lb that way
At the gym, for now, I use a dumbell between my feet or knees.

At home, which is where I do the pyramids - I use a dumbell in a backpack.

Until 25 lbs becomes easy, and I don't see that happening any time soon, I won't need a chain setup. Rather keep for strict and slow, the slow part is easy of course .
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I use an old karate belt. String the belt through the centerhole of the weight(s) you want to use and then loop it around you and tie in the front. Has worked great for me for weights 45+.
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Great idea! Will be giving that a go with my 45 lbs kb. How many can you do?
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Fair to ask for stats (Ht, Wt) while discussing how much weight for how many reps?

Reason I ask is that Iím 6í4Ē, 230lbs, been lifting most of my life. Pull-ups have always been on the difficult side for me no matter what shape Iíve been in.

I do integrate variations of them into my weekly workouts, specifically back/bicep days - but with long arms and a lean/dense 230lbs, Iím certainly not adding weight.
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Great idea! Will be giving that a go with my 45 lbs kb. How many can you do?
Not sure, haven't done pullups in a while. Back when I was doing them regularly it was three sets of 5 using rings.
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6í2 198lbs. 44 yrs old. They are tough - I normally start back/bicep day with them. 25 lbs is perfect for me for now.

I only have 45 lbs kbís and I am curious how the weight being distributed directly under would be vs in a backpack.

Now a days itís prob also fair to ask if on hormones or not. Iím not.
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Ive been trying to increase my weight/reps each month little by little. I started out with 10lbs for 8 now Im up to 45/5. I try to do these first thing on my back bicep days. Love it! I use a weight belt with chain/kettles, started 3 months ago on these. Im 6'3" 180lbs.
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Got through a complete pyramid yesterday. 10,9,8,7,6...1 Used 25lbs and alternated between pullups and chinups. Then went on a run. Gotta love that extra spring energy.
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Did another pyramid last night 10,9,8,7... with a 25 lbs weight, alternating chinups and pullups.

Did some kettlebell work before. Was gassed after but felt like a great home workout and highly efficient.
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Being able to knock out full pyramids with an extra 25lbs is nothing to scoff at. Keep up the good work man, it's paying off. I've been trying to add more bodyweight exercises to my routine too lately. Maybe I'll have to incorporate some pyramids - seems like a efficient way to really tax the muscles.
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I've been getting back to working out regularly and have enjoyed getting pullups and dips back into my normal exercise rotation. I'm getting back to the point of needing to add some weight or else the reps just get too high (10+ for multiple sets) and I feel like I'm more prone to injury.

Back in my peak, I was using a belt/chain made for adding plates. Was able to do 6-8 with a 45lb plate (6'1 165ish at the time). Currently closer to 180 now so I'll look to start smaller (25lb plate) and work back up from there. I find my sweet spot for pullups in the 6-10 rep range and for dips in the 8-12 rep range. Once I feel that becomes "too easy" I'll start adding weight.
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Yes! I've noticed that I can increase the weight during chin-ups and keep proper form better, which makes sense since they are easier than pull-ups. I like to alternate pull-up/chin-ups, gives me wrists a break and balances out the movements.
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