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Old 04-02-2009, 09:35 AM   #1
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Am I the only person who feels as if their shoulders are getting ripped out of their sockets when doing L-pullups on a bar? For some reason I have not been able to do a comfortable L-pullup on a bar in the last year while in gymnastics I could bang these out lke regular pullups.
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:20 AM   #2
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hmm can't remember, that's how I feel with leg raises though. With L-Pullups I can't do any other abdominal work for a couple days though because It tends to cause so much soarness that it's ridiculous.
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Old 04-02-2009, 10:28 AM   #3
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Do you feel the same way when doing them on rings?

How are your L-chinups feeling?

Are you experiencing shoulder discomfort anywhere else?

It's probably a side effect of being too strong in front squats... :-P
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Old 04-02-2009, 11:05 AM   #4
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Hah, yeah, my FS is screwing with my L-pullup. Hah.

It's only L-pullups on bars, L-chinups just feel weird (chinups in general feel weird). On rings I have no issues at all. I have absolutely no shoulder discomfort with anything else but L-pullups on a bar. I do HSPUs on parallettes all the time, clean grip OHS with a good amount of weight, and many other shoulder intensive exercises.
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Old 04-02-2009, 11:34 AM   #5
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Same here, they feel awful. L-chinups are a little bit better but not much. Never tried them on rings.
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Old 04-02-2009, 12:47 PM   #6
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There isn't any need for L-pullups that other exercises can't cover, so if they hurt on a bar I'd say just do them on rings or do straddle L-sit rope climbs...
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Old 04-02-2009, 01:23 PM   #7
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As I told ya.... external rotations + horizontal pulling + massage + ice + etc.

See if it helps... otherwise something.
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Old 04-02-2009, 02:48 PM   #8
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I feel something sort of like this. In my case I'm pretty sure it's due to tightness in my chest. If I hang from a bar in a hollow position and raise my legs slightly (about 20-30 degrees seems worst) I get a real strong stretch across my upper chest. I've been spending some time in this position in my warmup along with some other chest stretching and it seems to be improving.
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Old 04-03-2009, 01:24 AM   #9
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L pullups are tougher on a single rail than on rings or PB. Look at how the bar is in front of you versus your head being inside the rings. It's a matter of leverage and physics and stuff.

However, if you do them on rings with the elbows flared out ( Bulgarian style according to Sommer ), they are tougher like doing them on a single rail.

L-chinups should be easier than L-pullups. A small issue. Try wide arm L pulls or chins and it should be more pain for you. Feels like my bicep is tearing apart at times.
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Old 07-14-2009, 08:10 AM   #10
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It sounds like you should ease back on these if they hurt, but I have noticed a weird feeling in my shoulder blades during L-sit pullups. It feels almost like an impingement that doesn't quite connect. I'm using these to work up to front lever pulls currently.
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