Pullups and rhabdo
Posted: 02 August 2012 09:15 PM   [ Ignore ]
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Just curious . . . With the disclaimer posted about the (50) jumping pullups in the filthy fifty, what makes a wod like July 29th (150 pullups) ok to do? I totally skipped that workout because it seemed to me to be blatant overload, begging for either a bout of rhabdo, some sort of muscle or tendon injury, or an absurd level of soreness putting you out of commission for a few days. Am I missing something?

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Posted: 05 August 2012 05:41 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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It is the eccentric or negative movement that is the problem.  Resisting during lowering in the jumping pullup is a leading cause of rhabdo.  Jumping pullups are really are cardio movement.  A little jump with the legs, a little pull with the arms….no resisting the lowering back to the ground.  Not a good pullup substitute.

150 pullups can be a lot or little - depends where you are in your fitness.  I would generally say to scale the pullups so they do not become a slog.  Do the WOD but select some number of pullups that you can do that just pushes you beyond the comfort zone but does not wreck you.

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Posted: 05 August 2012 09:29 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 2 ]
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dannyrod - 02 August 2012 09:15 PM

Just curious . . . With the disclaimer posted about the (50) jumping pullups in the filthy fifty, what makes a wod like July 29th (150 pullups) ok to do? I totally skipped that workout because it seemed to me to be blatant overload, begging for either a bout of rhabdo, some sort of muscle or tendon injury, or an absurd level of soreness putting you out of commission for a few days. Am I missing something?

Putting aside the rhabdo issue being relating to the negative portion of jumping pull ups, I think this is a valid point - I ended up self-scaling to 7 rounds. I guess if you know you’re going to overload yourself you need to scale down rather than skipping.

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Posted: 06 August 2012 03:07 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 3 ]
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Understood about the rhabdo issue, thanks for point that out.

I passed on this particular workout that day but subbed it with one of the previous WODs.

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Posted: 06 August 2012 07:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 4 ]
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dannyrod - 02 August 2012 09:15 PM

Just curious . . . With the disclaimer posted about the (50) jumping pullups in the filthy fifty, what makes a wod like July 29th (150 pullups) ok to do? I totally skipped that workout because it seemed to me to be blatant overload, begging for either a bout of rhabdo, some sort of muscle or tendon injury, or an absurd level of soreness putting you out of commission for a few days. Am I missing something?

It isn’t one of my favourite WODs.
If you do jumping pull-ups completely as prescribed, jump up, fall back with no resistance whatsoever to the fall, I guess jumping pull-ups are OK for most people.
The problem we see is two-fold:
1. People consciously or unconsciously resist the fall, setting themselves up for rhabdo.
2. People use jumping pull-ups as a sub/progression for pull-ups in a WOD and done as prescribed, they do nothing to develop a pull-up.

FYI, for an elite CrossFitter, 150 kipping pull-ups is a metcon.
It’s still a lot of pull-ups and they’ll feel it the next day, but they’ll hit 50-60 before breaking.

The rest of us need to scale.

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Posted: 09 August 2012 07:02 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 5 ]
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Metric - 06 August 2012 07:52 PM

The rest of us need to scale.

hahaha, couldn’t have put it better myself! Definitely not an elite crossfitter. Thanks for the info all!

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