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    canada_rick is offline Member
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    Default Pavel and coach, training questions ???

    Hello Comrade mentors ! First my sympathy to the the american people for that cowardly attack on civilians ! May you find the guilty parties and bomb them back to the stone age. Now on to my questions about training.
    I have been experimenting with a drill I call grounded pull ups. Basically its setting the barbell up high enough so you clear the ground when hanging off it with heels on the ground. Now I then lie underneath grab the barbell at the same width as push ups and I only rest my heels on the ground or a bench and I pull my self up. It seems to be working well and compliments my push ups nicely during my bodyweight drills cycles. now my questions.
    (1) Has anybody else ever thought of this movement ?
    (2) Being that I can't do more than 12-14 chin or pull ups, do you think this drill will have any benefit ? I can do 30-40 when i max out on this drill.
    (3) When doing hand stand push ups (different subject), do you arch your back and look down to the ground or should you keep your back straight and look forward ?
    (4) Will GPP unweighted explosive drills alone be good enough for grappling and MMA ?(like burpees, jump squats, medicine ball throws, jumping jacks, etc)
    (5) Overhead pressing (i have been doing lots lately) v.s any bench press type, I find I like the over work much better and my shoulders never get sore any more. Is it OK to "retire" the bench press and it's variants and get all the pushing strength I need from overhead work ?
    Comrades and coaches, thanks very much for taking the time to read and/or answer my questions. By the way Pavel (a little late) I picked up the latest copy of MM at the american base in Sarajevo, it rocked (three articles by the evil one !!!). 5 more days in the former yugo and I am home, see ya !

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    Pavel Tsatsouline Guest

    Default Re: Pavel and coach, training questions ???

    Com. Rick, my respect to you for doing your duty

    1) Has anybody else ever thought of this movement ? SEEN IT.
    (2) Being that I can't do more than 12-14 chin or pull ups, do you think this drill will have any benefit ? I can do 30-40 when i max out on this drill. I DO NOT SEE ANY VALUE FOR YOU. TRY IT WITH ONE ARM?
    (3) When doing hand stand push ups (different subject), do you arch your back and look down to the ground or should you keep your back straight and look forward ? DIFFERENT OPINIONS. I KEEP MY HEAD NEUTRAL, TEH ARCH MINIMAL, AND LOOK AT THE SPOT a couple of feet away from my head aND WALL. LOOKING BETWEEN YOUR HANDS GETS YOUR PECS INTO THE ACTION MORE AND MAKES IT EASIER.
    (4) Will GPP unweighted explosive drills alone be good enough for grappling and MMA ?(like burpees, jump squats, medicine ball throws, jumping jacks, etc) OK BUT BETTER DO KBS.
    (5) Overhead pressing (i have been doing lots lately) v.s any bench press type, I find I like the over work much better and my shoulders never get sore any more. Is it OK to "retire" the bench press and it's variants and get all the pushing strength I need from overhead work ? YOU BET UNLESS YOU ARE A SHOTPUTTER OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.
    SAFE TRIP HOME, SOLDIER!

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    canada_rick is offline Member
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    Default Re: Pavel and coach, training questions ???

    Thanks, comrade evil one ! I tried the drill with one arm, it smarts.

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    Default Re: Pavel and coach, training questions ???

    Comrade:

    Trying to go through your questions: I will attack in point form if you don't mind.

    1-very common, but you need to increase resistance - I would suggest holding the bar with a towel.
    2-questionable value other that possibly assisting with soft tissue but even then it is questionable. (try point 1)
    3-keep hand positioned straight and minimize arch. Ultimately you want to perform without support
    4-no, it is all apart of the circle of creating a balanced athlete
    5-Overhead Movements are tremendous strength developers.

    Hope that helps,

    In faith,

    Coach Davies

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