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    Pull ups with legs out/knees bent

    I suffer from mild lower back pain as a result from a buldging disc. When i do pull ups, it will irritate the disc- I'm assuming from the involuntary contractions of the lower back when performing the exercise. Anyways, I was wondering if there were any "specialists" who would know how to combat this, such as pulling my knees to my chest when doing pull ups to keep the lower back stretched at all times?... Thanks!
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    I almost always do pull-ups with my legs straight out. Not only does it help isolate (i.e., keep you from swinging/kicking) but it's a great ab workout too.
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    Try doing them with your legs straight down. If you have lower back pain I would think that keeping your back as straight as possible would reduce the pain you're feeling

    Edit: By trying to hold your legs up or keep your knees bent you are going to be putting more pressure on your lower back
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    what about some how or another propping your feet behind you? when I want to cheat and get some extra pull ups in I'll hook my resistance band to the bar and catch it with my ankles.
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    id kind of like to know what your form currently is. maybe you are doing something wrong (i dont know) which is causing you pain. your post wasnt clear to me, have you and a disc injury before?
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    Normally I just bend my knees so I dont hit the ground. I do have good form but I can't help but arch my lower back a little when pulling up. This is when pressure is put on the disc, which results in some sciatica and other minor back pain.
    I did lift my legs today and it did seem to help a little. The only problem is that my abs are a little weak so it will take some time before this form gets a little easier.

    Thanks to those with suggestions.
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    Originally Posted by drum View Post
    Normally I just bend my knees so I dont hit the ground. I do have good form but I can't help but arch my lower back a little when pulling up. This is when pressure is put on the disc, which results in some sciatica and other minor back pain.
    I did lift my legs today and it did seem to help a little. The only problem is that my abs are a little weak so it will take some time before this form gets a little easier.

    Thanks to those with suggestions.
    I'd say just keep doing that if it helps you. besides it will help work your abs out to.
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    I just starting experiencing a bit of this myself, where is your bulge?

    L-5 region. I thought I was done for good, took 2 years off, said F-it, and started lifting again this past November. Lifting doesnt hurt it much, but i have to be very careful
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