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    Default Human Flag question...

    I can't get into a tucked position to hold myself up on the poll not due to core strength but due to upper body strength. Maybe it's because the movement is so awkward but my weak link is definitely the shoulder on the pulling arm... I can hang from one arm without much difficulty in my shoulder... my grip gives out before my shoulder does. Is it the angle that is making this so awkward on my shoulder?

    Advice and constructive criticism is welcome .

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    It's hard to say without seeing what's going on, but it sounds like you might want to take a couple steps back in the progression. This will help to build up the necessary strength - and also will help to make sure you've got everything in the right place.

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    What's the diameter of the pole you are using? I had the same problem with, what turns out, was a rather large support pole compared to the one I recently tried at a playground. I couldn't do the support pole at all, but the playground pole, I felt like I could have held it all day!
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheSavageAthlete View Post
    What's the diameter of the pole you are using? I had the same problem with, what turns out, was a rather large support pole compared to the one I recently tried at a playground. I couldn't do the support pole at all, but the playground pole, I felt like I could have held it all day!
    This is an important consideration. The pole that was used for the photos in CC2 is quite thick, which makes the flag and all its variations much more challenging. Skinny poles are better suited to beginners. I also recommend you check out this article I wrote for T-Nation on training the human flag: http://www.t-nation.com/free_online_...the_human_flag

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    I'm using an I-beam power rack and my hand is put into a fairly narrow gripping position. I do not believe that grip is the problem... I am .25inch away from closing the coc2.5 and can hang from a pull up bar with one hand with little to no problem for a strong 20ish seconds. However, when hanging from one arm on the pull-up bar my grip gives out before my shoulder does...

    I've done all of the clutch flag steps and am currently on the first step of "the hard way". On the first step, where you just hang to get your upper body prepared for the flag and aren't kicking yourself up... my shoulder doesn't have the strength to hang on and I think it is because of the extreme angle of my arms.

    Perhaps that clears up my initial post... if not I can post a video maybe tomorrow.

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    Its just an educated guess without seeing it, but I would guess that you have some problems with shoulder mobility. In that position your brain tells your muscles to shut down because its a dangerous position for you. Shoulder mobility is a common problem with grip and bending fans.

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