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Straight-Arm Pull
From: FM 7-22 October 2012
Purpose: This exercise develops the ability to initiate the pull-up motion and maintain a contraction in the extended hang position (Figure 9-24).
Starting Position: Extended hang using the overhand grip.
  • Keeping the arms straight, pull the body upward using the shoulders and upper back muscles only.
  • Return to the starting position.

Figure 9-24. Straight-arm pull
Check Points:
  • Throughout the exercise, keep the arms shoulder width, palms facing away from the body, with the thumbs around the bar.
  • Throughout the exercise, keep the elbows straight, but not locked.
  • On count 1, pull the body up by engaging the shoulder muscles (squeeze the shoulder blades together).
Precaution: Refer to paragraph 9-42 for spotting.

From: FM 7-22 October 2012 

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Chapter 1 Approach
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Chapter 3 Leadership
Chapter 4 Types of Programs
Chapter 5 Planning Considerations
Chapter 6 Special Conditioning Programs
Chapter 7 Execution of Training
Chapter 8 Preparation and Recovery
Chapter 9 Strength and Mobility Activities
Chapter 10 Endurance and Mobility Activities
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