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Max

Oklahoma, USA

I was wondering if anyone had any ideas for different ways to do straight arm pullovers. I workout at home so I don't have a pullover machine. I like the bent arm pullovers with a barbell but I feel that the straight arm version works much better. The problem is now is using a heavy enough dumbbell. I have Powerblocks which are great but are no good for pullovers. I do have an adjustible set too but now I can't fit enough weight on there. How about using a lighter dumbbell in each hand? Or a straight arm pullover with a barbell? Any ideas? Thanks.

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HITme

How much weight are you using?

In "Living Longer, Stronger" (the other fabulous book by Dr. Darden that I am currently reading), Dr. Darden reminds the reader not to use a weight so heavy that the arms are bent, causing the triceps to come into play. Keep the weights moderate to get a good stretch in the rib cage.

P.S...I also did the pullovers before with a small db in each hand and liked the stretch.


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Max

Oklahoma, USA

The most I can fit on the dumbbell is 65lbs. and I did that for 14 reps at a speed of about 4/4. That's way too long for me since I make my best gains with a TUL under 60 seconds. My training partner has watched my form and he says that my arms are staying straight so form is not a problem.
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Dustin Jordan

Florida, USA

How about slowing down the rep speed until you are able to get diiferent equipment? The pullover has a wide range, and can be easily reduced to a 7/7 cadence or even slower.
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Max

Oklahoma, USA

I've tried slowing my reps in the past but I always get nowhere. Heavy weight build muscle, at least for me so I prefer 2/4 rep speed and a rep range of 6-8. That's what I've found works best for me. Anyway, I've been doing the straight arm pullovers with an EZ bar, it's better on the wrists and not as awkward as a regular barbell, so far so good. Now if I could just convince my wife to let me put another piece of equipment in the basement I'd buy a pullover machine.

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Bill De Simone

New Jersey, USA

Max,
I used to be a fan of the bench pullovers until I saw a guy dislocate both shoulders.
The problem is with the weight over the shoulders, it feels light, but as it heads to the floor it gets heavier.
"heavy" and "light" aren't the right qualities, because it's the same weight, what actually changes is the moment arm.
If it's an option, the straight arm pulldown on the lat machine is safer on the shoulders and provides just about the perfect cam effect for the lats.
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Max

Oklahoma, USA

Bill De Simone wrote:
Max,
I used to be a fan of the bench pullovers until I saw a guy dislocate both shoulders.
The problem is with the weight over the shoulders, it feels light, but as it heads to the floor it gets heavier.
"heavy" and "light" aren't the right qualities, because it's the same weight, what actually changes is the moment arm.
If it's an option, the straight arm pulldown on the lat machine is safer on the shoulders and provides just about the perfect cam effect for the lats.



Ahhh, good point, I never even thought about ripping my arms out like that. I have a pulldown machine in my basement. I've seen that exercise before but never tried it. I'll give it a try, thanks.
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