Check out Terry Stokes’ post on pull-ups… PS I do a mean pull-up if I do say so myself. I’m the example!

Workouts and Diet Advice for Women

The one exercises that figure competitors desire to do most is pullups. To build a nice v-taper for competition you need to increase the number of pullups you can do… this is a great back building exercise, but you must do it safely.  In this post I’m going to talk about how to protect your elbow and shoulder joints when performing pullups.

RULE #1: Keep your arms bent at all times. Doing this insures that your bicep and back muscles are supporting your body weight and not the tendons and ligaments of your elbows and shoulders.

Doing pullups safely

Watch the video below. The first rep is done incorrectly from a straight-arm position. This is NOT good because the elbow and shoulder joints are supporting the entire weight of the body, while the bicep and back muscles are relaxed. The remaining repetitions are done correctly, with arms bent, which protects the elbow and shoulder joints because the biceps and…

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