Nath wrote:Are you measuring the one-hand hang on a pull-up bar or a climbing wall?
Pull-up bar. One hand on a pull-up bar, things stay together for a few seconds, maybe. One hand on a climbing wall, using fingers only, and there are effectively 0 seconds of hang time - I just flat out can't do it at the moment. (Which is why I said that, when bouldering, every move becomes an explosive move. I have to get that second hand back on the wall in a split second, before my upward momentum dissipates.)
Ok, a key point I might need to clarify better: When I've been working out/climbing/pullups/deadlifting/etc., my grip isn't, as far as I can tell, really out of sync with the rest of my body - a month or two from now, if I keep things up (and past history repeats itself), I'll be able to swing around by the fingers of one hand with the best of them. It's only when I've been lazy for a long time and everything has gotten all soft and pathetic that my grip strength really falls out of line with the rest of me. This is the primary reason that I don't think it's my natural state - it seems to me that some outside factor must be... factoring in. I've always assumed knuckle cracking was the culprit, but that's pretty much entirely based on the fact that I don't remember always having grip issues, and I haven't always been a knuckle cracker. I suppose I'm operating under the "where there's smoke, there's fire" principle, which may or may not be justified.
I've always been pretty solid at pull-ups. It comes with the territory of being smallish - no matter how out of shape you are, your strength/weight ratio never goes completely into the crapper. I can not work out for a year, and then go and throw down 10 good pull-ups first time out, and be up to 15 after a few days. When I'm really working on them, I can hit 30 good quality ones pretty... well, not "easily", but "consistently".
All of that said, for the first few days/weeks, each set involves doing the first few easily, then having to constantly pause at the bottom (hanging, of course) and re-adjust my grip before each of the remaining pull-ups. My ability to keep my hands in a good position, rotated over the bar as much as possible, is much worse than my ability to actually physically pull myself up.
This is a lot of analytical effort being put into something that's not really a big deal though. My grip strength is just fine after I've been working out for a while. In fact, even when I'm in the neighborhood of doing 25-30, I never use my palms - I'm much more comfortable doing pull-ups with just fingers.
Personally, I was just interested in the knuckle-cracking debate; my grip will be fine, with a little time and effort. I know because I've been through this a half dozen times.
@Syrti - my resolution to quit cracking my knuckles lasted, as I knew it would, about 3.5 minutes. It's impossible to stop doing something that you don't even realize you're doing until you've already been doing it for 5-10 seconds :/