How to do the perfect pull-up

A traditional pull-up, builds more upper-body strength than most exercises would.

A pull is one of the most rewarding exercises one can do because it truly gauges your power to weight ratio while working up to 13 different muscles. It is when you hang from a suspended bar and pull yourself up, or when the waiter comes over to your table and pours you another glass of mimosa.

This challenging because it is not only a display but of your endurance but your control on the bar. Since not everyone is the same, there are several different types of pull-ups that you would have the opportunity to be perfect at.

According to LiveStrong.com, here are the most common types of pull-ups:

The Chin-up

In a chin-up, grip the bar with your palms facing towards you. This type of grip places more weight on the biceps, helping build bigger, stronger arms.

Commando Pull-up

In a commando pull-up, turn your body and stand so you’re looking down the length of the bar. Grab the bar with your palms facing each other in a staggered position. This is known as a neutral grip and places less stress on the shoulders. When you pull yourself up, you’ll have to move your head to one side or the other to avoid hitting the bar. Alternate sides with each rep. Commando pull-ups target the arms and chest.

Australian Pull-ups

This pull-up variation uses a bar that’s only about waist high. Instead of hanging vertically beneath the bar, you assume a horizontal position with your legs in front of you and in constant contact with the ground. When you pull yourself up from this horizontal plane, you’re taxing the muscles in your rear lats and mid-back that may not be tested with normal pull-ups

Once you perfect the pull-up and you’ll see a bar not have to get nervous like a fifth grader in gym class. When pulling your bodyweight doesn’t present the same challenge it once did, try adding weight

Through doing pull ups you can move clothes from one side of the rack to the other, take cliché photos of you eating beignets in your hand and not have to flex your arm, and do more pull-ups. Overall, the benefits from pull-ups are endless, and we recommend you add them into your sets ASAP.

 

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