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  1. MrGalt is offline
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    Towel Pull-Ups. Belt Pull-Ups?

    I searched the forums for the word "towel" and didn't see a thread on this subject, so meh, I'll go for it.

    I don't have my old diet issues from my last thread worked out entirely since there's no food on this barren island, but at least I'm getting some sleep again, so I've started working out seriously once more. I'm about to join Gold's Gym at the heartbreaking price of 10,500 yen a month, but I'd like to keep up with the pullups and chinups that I've actually made some progress on in recent months.

    I'd like to start adding towel pullups, but I'm not sure how much I trust my towels. Does the average cheap towel have the strength to hold half my bodyweight (around 85 pounds) safely or do I need to spring for deluxe towels? Also, while I don't have a spare towel and would have to buy one, I do have piles of white belts since I have gotten one with every new gi I've bought since I was 13 years old. Would belt pullups be advisable or am I missing the point of towel pullups if I leave out the fuzziness factor? It feels like it would be harder to keep a good grip on a belt, but these are krotty belts and not Judo belts, assuming there's a difference.

    I tried that adjustable doorframe-mounted pullup bar available at Target last year that is essentially a very heavy curtain rod, and it dropped me on the back of my head. Ever since I've had issues with doing that kind of exercise using anything I don't trust absolutely. So whoever responds, which do you trust? A towel or a belt? A cheap towel or a good towel? What's a good third option?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrGalt View Post
    Does the average cheap towel have the strength to hold half my bodyweight (around 85 pounds) safely or do I need to spring for deluxe towels
    My kid sister weighs about 85lbs, so I hope you mean kilograms here....

    A typical towel should be able to hold your body weight. As long as you are hanging it off something that can also hold your weight. If it's hanging off a bar at the gym, then no problem. If it's hanging off your shower curtain rod, then noooo.

    As for belts, I've seen people do the same type of exercise with them. The fuzziness factor is negligible. The whole point of doing your pull ups and chin ups with a towel/gi/belt is to work your grip strength/endurance during the exercise. It will also make your hands tougher, since it can hurt at first to drive your fingertips into something while pulling yourself up like that.

    It also changes the angle of the exercise too, which will engage different muscle groups to a different degree.
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    "...half my bodyweight..." -MrGalt

    and thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrGalt View Post
    "...half my bodyweight..." -MrGalt

    and thanks.
    Oops, sorry bro. Probably wouldn't have hurt to have read back and checked.
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    Belts, even shitty TKD belts, work just fine. Wrap them over your pullup bar, grab a fistfull of belt (Make sure you grab both sides) and go to town. When you can no longer keep the belt from sliding out of your grip then you are done.
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    cheap hand towels work fine for me at 200 lbs, as long as you go one per hand. I tried using each end of a single towel in each hand with less than spectacular results.

    On a side note, I also do pullups with a spare heavyweight gi jacket over the bar. The material really makes you strain to keep a good grip. A heavy judo or bjj top might be better, but I've gotten by with the cheap stuff so far.
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    ^ agree on the gi...
    Even just doing hangs is a decent functional workout for your grip, if you're one of those freaky gi-grappling types...
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    Yea, your average towel should be fine. I've never had a problem, a gi would be better but might not be as easy to carry around in a gold's gym
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    Yeah man work away there great are strenght and biceps:waraya

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