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Cassi_Nesmith
05-09-2009, 03:03 PM
I've seen a few physically fit folks that have puppy fat or back fat or belly fat and they are able to do pull ups, etc.

What gives?

Arien Malec
05-09-2009, 03:12 PM
How can people do pullups with extra weight attached to them?

Dave Van Skike
05-09-2009, 03:41 PM
dunno...i'm a fatty at 220 and am good for at least 15. maybe it's a side effect of training.

garrett stack
05-09-2009, 05:04 PM
Ditto , I will say though that improving my back strength via reverse hypers, back extensions and clean deads doubled my numbers

Steven Low
05-09-2009, 06:38 PM
Be nice guys!

Cassi_Nesmith
05-09-2009, 07:35 PM
Okay I get it. I just wasn't thinking about it that way.

Justin Algera
05-11-2009, 06:50 AM
Yeah, 250 here and I can go for about 10... 5 with a weighted vest and about 20-25 kipping. Now if I can only get that 30 extra off I will be dangerous!!

Gant Grimes
05-11-2009, 01:05 PM
I've seen a few physically fit folks that have puppy fat or back fat or belly fat and they are able to do pull ups, etc.

What gives?

Come closer, Cassi.

::whisper::

It's not all about the abzzzz.

Arden Cogar Jr.
05-11-2009, 02:03 PM
I'm pretty chubby at 255 and I can do about 20 consecutive "nose ups" with no kip. If you ask for a "chin up" - you'll need to distinguish "which chin." ;)


I can only do about 5 chest to the bar dead hangs. I could probably get the tip of my goatee over the bar for a good set of 10 to 15 dead hangs if I was fresh.

It's all relative and a function of years of training. And I'm proud of my ab/android. I've got a lot invested in him. Plus it matters less the more you approach middle age and the closer your children get to becoming legitimate teenagers.

all the best,
Arden

Emily Mattes
05-14-2009, 11:43 AM
I'm a 5'6'', 175lbs female who can do deadhangs. Got there through Olympic lifting and adding on barbell rows, body rows, and negatives.

Being lighter makes pull-ups easier, but being heavy doesn't mean it's impossible--you just gotta be strong enough to compensate.

I should also add that I know where you're coming from--I've been losing weight on-and-off for a while and was sure I would never be able to do pull-ups until I lost a lot of weight, and wasn't even sure then as a healthy weight for me given my body fat percentage is probably 150-155. When I got them it was a pleasant surprise!

Garrett Smith
05-14-2009, 02:01 PM
How can you do multiple pull ups and still be over weight?
By getting the chin over the bar...:D

Dave Van Skike
05-14-2009, 02:14 PM
By getting the chin over the bar...:D

while getting excess amounts over food over the chin.

Arden Cogar Jr.
05-15-2009, 12:13 PM
The best advice my Coach ever gave me was "eat through the sticking points."

Electronically I gave him two mego thumbs up and made my way to Cici's Pizza. :D

Dialing it back in sucks mucho donkey ballz.

All the best,
Arden

Dominic Sirianni
10-23-2009, 09:06 PM
I am 255 and about 20% body fat and I can do pull ups. Work negatives and once you get one, grease the groove, do weighted sets, use bands for high reps, mix your grip and all of a sudden you start stringing them together. I just dropped 10 pounds and I got a few more in a lot easier than I did before. Being lighter helps, but it isn't a pre-requisite.