sjarelkwint wrote:Want to add muscles to shoulders and back, make my knees stronger and do some exercises to gain lungvolume ... (rowing?)
ExcitableBoy wrote: Not only are do these requre very little equipment and can be done nearly anywhere, these exercises recruit more muscles than lifting barbells or dumbells and train neural pathways. You gain strength will little bulk. Additional exercises with dumb bells should be incorporated to work the antogonistic muscles so you do not develop a muscle inbalance.
fatdad wrote:AlpineAffinity wrote:Burpees are good but this guy's workout is crap. Can't be using upward momentum on the pullups!
Well, he certainly is cheating himself out of a better workout. His arms are at almost a ninety degree angle before he even starts pulling up. By far the hardest part of a pullup is bending on arms from a dead hang.
Don't do too many pullups though or you'll find yourself like me, 47 and starting to develop shoulder problems. Though that was probably from a hangboard more than the pullups.
CClaude wrote:For 15+ years now I've done pullups with 50lbs and 100lbs tied around my waist (actually, its sets of 50lbs and sets of 100lbs) and I am 149lbs dripping wet (at 5'11").
ksolem wrote:A variation on the external shoulder rotation.
When doing the exercise as CClaude describes, with a band, pay attention to the other arm too. It can be externally rotated (palm of the hand forward.) As you do the exercise draw the shoulder blades together and down pulling the back together and opening the chest.
Also Ze's point re the elbow pits is spot on. But when I see this in a client I usually try to get them to pay attenion to their hands instead because it's easier for them to see when they are walking. Someone who walks with the back of their hands facing ahead, palms to the back, is internally rotated in the shoulders. Get them walking with the thumbs ahead and they can unwind their body and open the chest.
For climbers, stand and reach up with your hand in position to grab a hold. Now lower your arm to your side without changing the rotation of your shoulder. Your palm will be facing back, your shoulder internally rotated. Turn your palms to face your sides. Draw your shoulder blades together and down on your back, open your chest and unwind your spine and neck into a nice tall posture. Feels good, eh?
ksolem wrote:Chief I'd have to sit down on the floor to grab those tools at arms length and do the pull ups in a L-sit position.
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