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    How important is a vertical pull?

    Like many of you, COVID has me working out at home. I have a decent pair of adjustable dumbbells ranging from 5kg - 40kg each. Only problem is, I have no option for a vertical pull. My door frames are weak as hell. I’ve tried a door jam bar, and the one you hook on top of the frame. Both ended up damaging the frame.

    Which leads me to my question, how important is a vertical pull? I can get a lot of horizontal pull moves in, but I don’t know if this compensates for the missing vertical. Am I risking any signficant muscle imbalances?
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    Not really a big deal for the time being. Have you considered getting the Spud pulley?

    https://www.spud-inc-straps.com/econ...at-pulley.html
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    Originally Posted by CookieDoughBrah View Post
    Like many of you, COVID has me working out at home. I have a decent pair of adjustable dumbbells ranging from 5kg - 40kg each. Only problem is, I have no option for a vertical pull. My door frames are weak as hell. I’ve tried a door jam bar, and the one you hook on top of the frame. Both ended up damaging the frame.

    Which leads me to my question, how important is a vertical pull? I can get a lot of horizontal pull moves in, but I don’t know if this compensates for the missing vertical. Am I risking any signficant muscle imbalances?
    For this short time situation, not that important. Meaning you can get away not doing vertical pulls.
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    Originally Posted by TAWS6 View Post
    Not really a big deal for the time being. Have you considered getting the Spud pulley?

    https://www.spud-inc-straps.com/econ...at-pulley.html
    Looks sweet. I have nowhere to mount it though. Don’t think my ceiling could handle it.
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    If parks open up in your area you can use the jungle gym to do pull-ups, or a tree branch. Not doing anything for a few months isn't ideal but won't make much if any difference in the long run.
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    Both are important for overall back development, although you can get by with various rows, DL variations, etc.

    If you live somewhere that gyms will be opening up late, or won't feel comfortable going back right away, you may want to consider buying a power tower. You can get decent ones for under $150 if you get them right when they come in stock with big online retailers. They don't take up much space and you can store your other equipment within its space when you're not exercising.
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    If you live in a city you can look for scaffolding, that's what I did for a little while
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    Really not a big deal.

    I wouldnt sweat it. They aren't mandatory to getting a huge back if you row ect.
    And if you feel you really need shoulder extension or a vert pull.. do pullovers or If u have bands u can hook them over something, even if bands are horizontal and you lean over.

    Hell even ab wheels and lte's train a similar shoulder extension pattern to a chin..
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    ^Can vouch for ab wheel rollouts, against and up and down a wall pumps lats nicely. I use one of those adjustable DBs that tend to roll for a little extra resistance.
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    There is also a bit of overlap with vertical pull if you go underneath a big sturdy table and use it to do inverted rows.
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    Horizontal pulling is healthier for your shoulders and pecs (specifically, the pec minor) Don’t fret if you can’t do a vertical pull, normally when people ask me for workout advice I include both types for completeness, but if you have to choose one, go with a rowing movement.
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