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    Pull up form check

    Hello I have never been able to do pullups before. Couldnt even do pushups once. Well recently i did 2 pullups (and a weird third that prob doesnt count) which is huge for me even though they probably werent that well executed. Since im new to this exercise i would like some help when it comes to proper form. I noticed myself that i pull a bit unevenly (i have uneven shoulders so thats prob why -weak left side). I also know that this def isnt strict form based on my leg position haha. Somebody also said that you should do chest to bar instead of just getting the head over the bar? Then some said that its just two different variations. One being more effective ofc but not making the other wrong. Any advice on my shoulder movement or anything else? I really wanna improove my technique as well as my strength.

    the link is this one (sorry for the "?" ahha but that was the only way i could post the link. Just delete them when using the link )

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    Looks pretty good to me. Not many females are able to do 1.

    It also looks like your right shoulder is higher than your left. I have the same issue. Not sure it's a problem.
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    Agree, form looks pretty good and can see good upper back development. Can kind of see what you meant in your other post on uneven shoulders - might be slightly genetic, might be something you can even out a little over time.

    Keep at it, some guys can't do one proper pullup from a dead hang.
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    Originally Posted by Millz12323 View Post
    Looks pretty good to me. Not many females are able to do 1.

    It also looks like your right shoulder is higher than your left. I have the same issue. Not sure it's a problem.
    Yeah right? i tought they looked uneven... My mom says i should have the physio give me some exercises for it but idk. It has never bothered me pain or strength wise even tho i do have more muscle on the dominant side...

    And im really happy that the form is okay! It feels really good to accomplish stuff like that since ive always wanted to be able to do them (but well since i couldnt do pushups or anything like that i was like not gonna happen haha). About how high people go... (like chest to bar or just chin over) Is it different types? like one working some muscle more than the other? i would think that chest to the bar would work the back a bit more?

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    Originally Posted by air2fakie View Post
    Agree, form looks pretty good and can see good upper back development. Can kind of see what you meant in your other post on uneven shoulders - might be slightly genetic, might be something you can even out a little over time.

    Keep at it, some guys can't do one proper pullup from a dead hang.
    Thank you! im just sitting here smiling haha. Its such a good feeling to reach goals you never thought you would reach. And im glad that my progress shows body-wise. Since i dont have any pics from before its very easy to be like "nah no significant difference" or "I look less toned than most girls" or whatever bull you tell yourself. But you saying that most guys cant do a proper pullup from a dead hang is a real confidence booster so thank you!
    So theres nothing in particular you would point out form wise for now?

    Also how often would you say i could train pullups? i cant do more than 3 the first set and then maybe 2 the second. So would it be too much to do them everytime im at the gym? Plus some reps on the latmachine or assisted pullups? (that would be like 3x a week).

    Btw idk what my profile is saying (it says that im like 49 years old all the time) but i am 17 just fyi haha
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    You see yourself every day so it's hard to notice body changes - take a pic every few months for yourself if it helps.

    Form wise I think you're fine - you're going up high enough, not much leg movement - a little dolphin action for the final rep is fine IMO.

    You should treat pullups like any other back exercise even though it's a bodyweight one - I would do them w/ your lat and assisted pullup stuff.

    How often depends on overall back volume - If you did end up getting on F5, I'd follow their programming.

    If you're doing some version of your old routine, you should adjust volume accordingly based on how often you want to do them, but I'd say 2-3x/week sounds good. I wouldn't also do them on your leg days. Depending on how you structure your workout, you can alt between reg & assisted on certain days, or do both. Or use lat pulldowns, rows and assisted pullups to build up strength - then use reg pullups to test your strength. Really up to you.

    A lot of us on here are 49 yrs old, welcome to the club.
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    Originally Posted by air2fakie View Post
    You see yourself every day so it's hard to notice body changes - take a pic every few months for yourself if it helps.

    Form wise I think you're fine - you're going up high enough, not much leg movement - a little dolphin action for the final rep is fine IMO.

    You should treat pullups like any other back exercise even though it's a bodyweight one - I would do them w/ your lat and assisted pullup stuff.

    How often depends on overall back volume - If you did end up getting on F5, I'd follow their programming.

    If you're doing some version of your old routine, you should adjust volume accordingly based on how often you want to do them, but I'd say 2-3x/week sounds good. I wouldn't also do them on your leg days. Depending on how you structure your workout, you can alt between reg & assisted on certain days, or do both. Or use lat pulldowns, rows and assisted pullups to build up strength - then use reg pullups to test your strength. Really up to you.

    A lot of us on here are 49 yrs old, welcome to the club.
    Okay Ill keep that in mind! Thanks! And yeah Its so weird. Ive tried to change The age on My profile and When i go look at My own profile it does say 17. Its sooo weird
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    Originally Posted by Rebecca2853 View Post
    Ive tried to change The age on My profile and When i go look at My own profile it does say 17. Its sooo weird
    That's been broken forever, I think everyone who has their age shown on their profile shows 49!
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