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Ben Richardson
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2015/02/02 13:36:20 (permalink)
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How to add neutral grip pull-up option to a power-rack based regimen. Suggestify me!

Ladies and Gentlemen, I want your brains! I need your expertise and ideas. I’m registering and posting specifically to ask for them. As a full newbie I’m very grateful for anyone that takes the time to share with me the benefit of their experience. Thank you! 
 
Goal & Context
I have a Bodycraft F430 power rack and have been training inside it for about 7 years, after about 11 years of being a dedicated gym-rat (I’m 38). I’m happy with my core exercise regimen but also seek out variety and would especially like to add something to my set-up that will introduce the option of performing pull-ups with a -
 
1. Neutral grip
2. Flexible grip that allows for wrist rotation
3. Slight drop from the F430 pull-up bar (because I train inside a low-ceilinged room which limits my ability to come past the bar)
 
I’m space constrained and therefore have a strong preference for things that add more than one additional option to my training regimen. I’m not really cost-constrained, I’m willing to pay more for something which provides more useful exercise options. My DIY skills and equipment are both minimal.
 
Options under Consideration
 
Kettle Clamps
Pros: Would also add option for a form of spider row using an incline bench + kettle-bell exercises
Cons: Not available in UK, very expensive option for primary goal of neutral grip pull-ups
 Reference: http://www.fitstep.com/fitness-equipment-reviews/equipment-reviews/kettleclamp-review.htm
 
Gymnast Rings
Pros: Fulfil goals 1-3 simply and relatively cheaply and would also add option for horizontal body-rows with feet braced on a barbell at the opposite end of my rack, easily available
Cons: Concern that the straps that loop around the pull-up bar would shift around during exercise & not sure how to solve that
Reference: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pellor-FitnessXzone-Bodyweight-Excercising-Suspension/dp/B00NSKLNSW/ref=pd_cp_sg_2
 
Pullum Sports Daisy Chain x 2 + Strap x 2 + Neutral Grip Cable Pulley Attachment
Pros: Once I figure them out the Daisy Chain may open up other exercise options and exercise variants
Cons: I’m not entirely sure I understand how I would use the Daisy Chain including how I’d attach them to the pull-up bar
Reference:
http://www.pullum-sports.co.uk/strength-training-equipment/miscellaneous-strength/ironmind-super-squats-hip-belt-daisy-chains/prod_175.html
http://www.pullum-sports.co.uk/strength-training-equipment/miscellaneous-strength/ironmind-12-inch-black-endless-loops-pair/prod_660.html
 
Tell me!
How would you do it? How have you done it? What would you recommend or suggest? At the same time if there is anything else you would suggest that would add extra exercise options, I'm greatly appreciative of all ideas. 
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    Uriel
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    Re: How to add neutral grip pull-up option to a power-rack based regimen. Suggestify me! 2015/02/02 13:47:34 (permalink)
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    Those commercial accessories are almost always grossly overpriced.
     
    You can just buy some rope, make two loops and use that. Use a thick enough rope and it'll be great for your forearms too.
     
    Or you can have some steel gymnast rings made by some metalworker on the cheap. You could probably get that done for like 10£ and they'll last you a lifetime. Or a couple of steel tubes to place on top of the rack (could have a hook like attachment on both ends to hold in place and offer a lower grip).
     
    Many ways to go about doing this for peanuts really, you just need to use your imagination. 40£ wooden rings are for people with more money than sense.
    post edited by Uriel - 2015/02/02 13:50:20
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    Ben Richardson
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    Re: How to add neutral grip pull-up option to a power-rack based regimen. Suggestify me! 2015/02/07 14:30:16 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the reply Uriel. I'm not at all cost-constrained and don't know any metalworkers so I've gone with a pair of commercial gymnast rings. 
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