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    Inverted rows with a pull up bar?

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    I was watching some youtube videos of some folks playing around with thier Iron Gym pullup bar (same one I have) and I noticed some of them doing weird variations of pullups where they tuck their knees and flip over so their body is upside down and then they pull up, or where they hold their body straight out parallel to the ground and do pullps (that seems really hard!). I tried to google search it to find out what it was, but the closest thing I could find is an exercise called inverted rows where you pull up on a squat barbell in a power rack with your feet supported by a stool.

    Can anyone link me to a page or explain to me how I could do this exercise properly with JUST a pullup bar and nothing supporting my feet? It seems like the angle would hit your lats more directly than a regular pullup, and it may work your chest too. Is it a better exercise than the pullup, or just a useless variation?
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    Check out Al Kavadlo's site. I'm sure he's got something like that there.

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    I'd personally get a set of gymnastics rings you can attach to a pullup bar.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JenCat View Post
    Check out Al Kavadlo's site. I'm sure he's got something like that there.
    I sure do! It's called a front lever and it requires tremendous strength. I'm going to be putting together a video tutorial on it as well at some point. A pull-up from this position is simply called a front lever pull-up or, if the legs are tucked, a tucked front lever pull-up.
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    Hey thanks Al! I literally JUST found the front lever on your site and was on my way back to post about it. Now that I have a specific name for it, in your opinion would the front lever pull up blast your lats harder than that a regular pullup because of the angle, or are they pretty much the same (excluding the core strength it takes to hold the lever in the first place)?
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    Front lever pull-ups are waaaay harder than regular pull-ups - not just for the core strength but also for the back strength.

    Start with a tucked front lever pull-up and see if you can do that and build slowly from there. I still can't do a proper front lever pull-up without my hips bending. I can, however, do this:


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    I have to confess my man-crush on Al Kavadlo. He rocks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abu Reena View Post
    I have to confess my man-crush on Al Kavadlo. He rocks.
    +1!
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    Oof, front levers hurt! In a good way, in a “how…can…you…hold…this…for…more…than…two…seco nds…” type way. I can hold a straddle front lever but only for about 5 seconds, so I’m still working on tuck front lever with straight back. Dragonflags help a lot with this...

    This is a pretty good write-up on working up to a full front lever and full planche as well (I’m finding planche to be MUCH harder than front lever right now…)

    http://www.dragondoor.com/articles/b...g/default.aspx

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    Quote Originally Posted by Abu Reena View Post
    I have to confess my man-crush on Al Kavadlo. He rocks.
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    +1!

    Aww shucks, guys - thanks!
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