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Forum Name: Sports medicine

Question: Pull Ups

Frvade - Tue Sep 07, 2004 8:17 pm

I was wondering if different ways of doing pulls have been medically shown to improve muscle development or if they vary what muscles are worked. I was wondering if A. does holding your hands on the bar close together or wide apart work your musles more or less and B. does the exercise work different muscles if you face your closed hand towards you or away from you (ie are your fingers towards you or away from you... I'm hoping I got my question across, since you can face your hands 2 ways)?
Dr. Tamer Fouad - Tue Sep 07, 2004 11:46 pm

Hello Frvade,

You are using a different group of muscles with each of these exercises. You should always have a trainer at the begining until you are experienced enough as you could injure yourself if you do not do the exercises properly.

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