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JonathanE6

Pennsylvania, USA

Looking for some advice. The dumbbell pullover is one of my favorite exercises, but lately I'm kind of nervous doing them. I train in my basement using olympic barbells and oly. dumbbells. I am up to 72 lbs on the single db pullover, but am afraid the collars aren't going to hold and I can envision getting the plates crashing into my forehead. Also, the higher weight has really put an awful strain on my wrists.

Is the bent-over row with barbell my best substitute? I've tried it, but it doesn't seem to hit the lats as effectively as the db pullover.

Thanks in advance for your great advice.

John
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Iron395

John,
When I was a teenager, I had a near miss with a loose collar. It fell on the bottom part of a pullover,luckly it was not over my head.
You could try to do your pullovers with a barbell with a close grip,these work well.
Tom
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Drew Baye

Florida, USA

Back in high school I had a collar fall off of a dumbbell I was using during concentration curls, and ended up breaking my nose when the weight dropped by 1/2 and I slammed the remaining plates into my face. I can definitely relate to your concerns.

Using a barbell would be safer, and if you have an EZ curl bar that would be easier to balance with the close grip than a full-length olympic bar.

Another option would be to purchase stronger collars like the GINC's sold by PDA.

The GINCs are the collars on the bottom dumbbell in the first picture at the link below.

http://www.fractionalplates.co...

Drew Baye
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NATUREBOY

JonathanE6 wrote:
Looking for some advice. The dumbbell pullover is one of my favorite exercises, but lately I'm kind of nervous doing them. I train in my basement using olympic barbells and oly. dumbbells. I am up to 72 lbs on the single db pullover, but am afraid the collars aren't going to hold and I can envision getting the plates crashing into my forehead. Also, the higher weight has really put an awful strain on my wrists.

Is the bent-over row with barbell my best substitute? I've tried it, but it doesn't seem to hit the lats as effectively as the db pullover.

Thanks in advance for your great advice.

John


Subconciously I think many of us have that concern. I prefer the pullover machine, but if you don't have access to that a barbell would be a much safer substitute.
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HDLou

I personally have a couple pairs of dumbbells that have threaded collars. The ends of the dumbbells all the way up to the stop plate are threaded and the collars are also threaded so they go on like spinning a nut onto a bolt.
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Acerimmer1

JonathanE6 wrote:
Looking for some advice. The dumbbell pullover is one of my favorite exercises, but lately I'm kind of nervous doing them. I train in my basement using olympic barbells and oly. dumbbells. I am up to 72 lbs on the single db pullover, but am afraid the collars aren't going to hold and I can envision getting the plates crashing into my forehead. Also, the higher weight has really put an awful strain on my wrists.


John


Don't do pullovers with Olypic Dumbells! Spinlocks are fine maybe even safer than most of the dumbells in commercial gyms! If your wrists are hurting it might be that the plates are too wide.
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sonny153

I have the screw-on type collars too and they're great...they really can't come off during pullovers.
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DownUnderLifter

What about stiff-arm pulldowns? I have tried them and they were very effective for me.
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Acerimmer1

Yes but the risk of injury to the shoulder joint is probably significantly greater. And the resistance curve is too sharp in my opinion.
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JonathanE6

Pennsylvania, USA

I appreciate all the advice. I think I have an old easy curl bar around in my dad's basement. I'll try that first.

Thanks again for all the great responses.

John
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Sesame

Acerimmer1 wrote:
Yes but the risk of injury to the shoulder joint is probably significantly greater. And the resistance curve is too sharp in my opinion.


I agree! Don't do barbell pullovers of any kind because always felt one inch away from getting hurt. I HATE injuries they take so long to heal and never seem to heal perfectly. Won't do pullovers here.
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tpowers21

I started using my tricep bar for pullovers after I maxed out with the dumbell.
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Ciccio

tpowers21 wrote:
I started using my tricep bar for pullovers after I maxed out with the dumbell.


You mean the bar with the 2 close parallel grips I guess.
How does it compare to the "open" pronated grip used with one dumbbell? Can you use the same amount of weight? Doesn't it "feel" differently?
I'm asking because I'm thinking to buy one of this triceps bars myself but prefer the one dumbbell version much over the two dumbell version which is basically the same grip like triceps bar. Just a bit more balancing.

Franco


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Drew Baye

Florida, USA

A "triceps bar" with a neutral grip would be better, since it would make it easier to keep the elbows in.

Drew Baye
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Ciccio

Drew Baye wrote:
A "triceps bar" with a neutral grip would be better, since it would make it easier to keep the elbows in.

Drew Baye


I agree about the elbow issue, but wouldn't be a close pronated grip like in 1 DB- or BB pullover be "stronger"? Similar to the pronated grip for triceps exercises like recently discussed between you and Acerimmer?
BTW, I believe the pullover to be an effective exercise for the long head of the triceps. At least it feels like this, especially 224hours later(DOMS).
What do you think?

Franco


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