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    Pull-ups

    Hello, this is going to be a little tricky to explain so I'm going to enlist the help of pictures. The top 3/4 of the rep I can do about 3-4 without to much trouble. However, when I'm hanging there or I'm fully extended I can't do a single one. From hanging when I go to do a pull-up I only feel it on to of my shoulder (See fig.2) and then it feels more like a sharp pain than a burn. For more detail on where I'm feeling it at, it is in the little divot on top of your shoulder when you lift your arm up.

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    What is your question?

    Regardless, consider using a weight-assisted pullup station or lat pulldowns until you build up enough strength to do full pullups.
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    Originally Posted by Beans135 View Post
    However, when I'm hanging there or I'm fully extended I can't do a single one. From hanging when I go to do a pull-up I only feel it on to of my shoulder (See fig.2) and then it feels more like a sharp pain than a burn.
    Full extension means arms straight. It does not mean your shoulders are disengaged.
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    OP you are not ready for pull ups. Top 3/4 of the range is the easiest part, that is why you can do 3 or 4 reps in that range. Like air2fakie put it (I am on spread), build some strength first on assisted pull up station. The other thing you should do is to drop weight, pull ups are function of strength and body weight.
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    Originally Posted by weiss1967 View Post
    OP you are not ready for pull ups. Top 3/4 of the range is the easiest part, that is why you can do 3 or 4 reps in that range. Like air2fakie put it (I am on spread), build some strength first on assisted pull up station. The other thing you should do is to drop weight, pull ups are function of strength and body weight.
    You really think the top part is the easiest? I always fail at the top with weighted pullups.
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    Originally Posted by Heisman2 View Post
    You really think the top part is the easiest? I always fail at the top with weighted pullups.
    I don't know which part is easiest but you could prob do a decent # more if you didn't go down to a full extension each time and just stayed in the top part of the motion like OP.

    Plus I would guess that OP doesn't go all the way up.
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    Originally Posted by Heisman2 View Post
    You really think the top part is the easiest? I always fail at the top with weighted pullups.
    you failed at the "top" because you didn't have enough strength at the bottom to propel you
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    Originally Posted by TolerantLactose View Post
    Full extension means arms straight. It does not mean your shoulders are disengaged.
    This. You shouldn't be feeling shoulder pain during any exercise, including pull-ups.

    Pull-up assist band seems like it could help here. I'd use one until you have enough strength to do at least 10 lightly assisted, then try without the band.
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    Thanks for the quick replies.
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    You could also train with the pulldown machine for a while, perhaps after your assisted pullups.

    Also (someone correct me on this if I'm wrong), while you should aim to build overall vertical pulling strength with the assisted pullup and maybe pulldowns additionally, the first portion of the unassisted pullup involves more of the biceps and the shoulders than the lats, which really engage in the middle portion of the lift. Doing the full range of motion with the assists will build the strength there, but you also might want to throw in isolation work for your biceps and rear delts, with exercises like curls and face pulls. Just make sure you're doing those as supplemental lifts and that you're not replacing the pullup assists with them (or doing them before, where you'll fatigue your auxiliary muscles).
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