Lifting yourself into a pull up isn’t just for marines and body builders. Even if you haven’t done this move since playground monkey bars, it is still possible.
Here’s the lowdown on the pull up.
Some say that this exercise is the upper body equivalent of a squat, because it works so many muscles. Pull ups make demands on all the muscles of the back and shoulders, and improve grip strength. More advanced versions also work your core.
There is a difference. For the chin up, your palms face towards you. For the pull up, they face away. Most people find chin ups easier, because they make more use of the biceps which are stronger in beginners to fitness.
First, find your pull up bar. At the gym, the staff will show you whether the bar is wall mounted or part of one of the machines. If it is home equipment, make sure it is up to the job!
Here’s the way to get started with the walk-the-plank method.
Once you can do it, here’s the proper sequence on a bar:
Add some work for your abs with hanging circles and hanging bicycles from the pull up bar. If you are out running and passing a playground or outdoor gym, here are some more pull up variations for you.
It can be done! Whatever your level, get yourself to the gym and give the pull-up a try.
very encouraging - good to have a 'start from zero' hint because that's me. But if Sasha can do it, so can I.
We have a pull up bar on the doorway at home so I can practice on this. I could do exactly zero at the start of the year. Now I can do five !!