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Alternative to DB Pullovers?
« on: August 04, 2015, 07:37:20 PM »
I really love the pullovers (as Arnold did) they stretch out the chest and expand the rib cage so nicely after a great bench session. Yesterday as I was doing them with a 90, I realized what a load they put on my elbows in an area not designed to bear such heavy weight.

I know they have a nautilus machine that mimics this and you push from your elbows so the elbows aren't in the equation, but none of my gyms have this :-\

Any suggestions for lift that will mimic the pullovers without putting my elbows in such a compromised position?
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Re: Alternative to DB Pullovers?
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2015, 08:37:23 PM »
You can mimic the movement with a cable pushdn and various bars.   I have used a lat pull dn bar for a wider grip.   Depending on how close you stand and what angle you hold with you body, you can change the apex of the movement as well as how far back you go.

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Re: Alternative to DB Pullovers?
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2015, 08:45:45 PM »
You can mimic the movement with a cable pushdn and various bars.   I have used a lat pull dn bar for a wider grip.   Depending on how close you stand and what angle you hold with you body, you can change the apex of the movement as well as how far back you go.

I've done those but don't feel it, I can't get up to the weight I need for one thing (for DB pullovers I put my feet under a pair of DB's) and my elbows are still in the mix. Maybe with V-Bar and straps... hmmm
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Re: Alternative to DB Pullovers?
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2018, 11:15:07 AM »
What about bands? 
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Re: Alternative to DB Pullovers?
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2018, 12:54:10 PM »
Holy necro post, but what about lying down on a seated row bench.

My gym has (or had) a nautilus pullover machine and they are awesome.
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Re: Alternative to DB Pullovers?
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2018, 02:43:57 PM »
have you tried it with a ez curl bar? or will that put the same strain on your elbows
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Re: Alternative to DB Pullovers?
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2018, 06:51:55 PM »
Holy necro post, but what about lying down on a seated row bench.

a seated row bench?  :S I lie on a flat bench, lengthwise, not crosswise.

What about bands? 

I think of bands as stretching assists or taking weight or adding resistance to/from a lift. While pullovers are a stretch move, you're also lifting a weight, in my case 85lbs.

have you tried it with a ez curl bar? or will that put the same strain on your elbows

Never tried that.

Elbow sleeves have pretty much negated the problem, but I haven't moved past like 90's since the OP.
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