Advantages using a Tsunami Bar:
The Tsunami Bar’s® greater flexibility characteristics cause even the best performer to be challenged due to body control and stability. This takes anterior and posterior chain recruitment to another level, while at the same time increases the athlete’s heart rate, and not to mention the grip variation training that is extremely beneficial.
How to perform the Pull-Up with a Tsunami Bar:
The bar used in the photos is a Level 1 Tsunami Bar® (a white label). The progression of a pull up can be performed using several different grips. The first is a pronated grip (over hand grip). The second is a supinated grip (under hand grip). The final grip is a mixed grip, with one hand pronated and the other supinated. This can be done facing forward or sideways. The lifter can benefit using a Tsunami Bar® by the flexibility and the thickness of the bar to develop grip strength. The flexibility forces muscle stabilization to activate at a greater rate which leads to an improved lift through greater motor unit recruitment. Anterior and posterior chain activation is greater due to body control as the lifter performs the pull up. Level 5, Level 3 and Level 1 have different flexibility characteristics so therefore the demand on the body will be different. There are different advantages using different levels of Tsunami Bars®. Level 5 would be more beneficial for a bigger athlete that may struggle performing pull-ups, due to the stiffness, which would help propel the lifter out of the bottom and aid them in completing the lift. The level 3 bar sits in the middle due to its flexibility and can be used by big and small athletes, while the level 1 is most beneficial to smaller athletes that perform pull-ups at a high level. The bar has greater flexibility characteristics which causes even the best performer to be challenged due to body control and stability. This takes anterior and posterior chain recruitment to another level, while at the same time increases the athlete’s heart rate, and not to mention the grip variation training that is extremely beneficial.
Several options are available for performing Pull-Ups using the Tsunami Bar®. The bar can be suspended in the top of your rack with the use of EZ lifting/utility straps or one can place the bar in the J-Cups of a Squat Stand or Power Rack. The bar can be supported by the ‘wear pads’ in the J-Cups (as in the photo) or with EZ lifting/utility straps placed around the ‘wear pads’ with a Locking Collar positioned flush to the outside edge of the wear pads. Make sure your stand or rack is stable and will not tilt over during use. Care should also be taken to make sure the bar does not jump out of J-Cup.