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Balancing Pushing and Pulling


#1

I’ve been following greyskull lp (alternate bench/ohp, pistol squats/front squats twice, deadlifts once) for the last 6 weeks, which has went well. In the book there is a “plugin” for high frequency push-ups and pull-ups. My problem is that high frequency pull-ups aggravate my elbows (from previous experiments with high frequency), so I wanted do pull-ups twice per week (bodyweight only/weighted) and use kettlebell swings for high frequency paired with push-ups.

Are kettlebell swings enough pulling to balance the pushing from push-ups?


#2

buy a resistance band and do a zillion pull-aparts a day


#3

Good idea. I have resistance tubes, which i’ve used for band pull aparts before.


#4

No. KB swings aren’t pulls, they’re hip hinges. I have had the same problems with my elbows. Fatman pull-ups may be helpful, they were/are for me. Combined with pull aparts that should do the trick.


#5

x2

also if your gym has it try hammer strength type pulldowns with palms facing you


#6

What about barbell rows?


#7

Pull-ups with a neutral grip or on rings are typically much more elbow-friendly.


#8

That is true generally, however, standard pull-ups bother my elbows less than neutral grip.


#9

Complete opposite for me.