A pull-up bar opens the door for some incredible workouts
The pull-up is one of the most effective upper body exercises you can include in your workouts. It’s a simple way, though not easy, to engage your upper back muscles, biceps, shoulders, and chest while improving your posture and overall strength. Here’s how to conquer the pull-up:
1. SetupTo start, stand underneath the bar and grip it with the palm of both hands facing away from you about shoulder distance apart. You’ll begin the pull-up from a dead hang with arms fully extended and legs hanging straight down.
2. Pull-UpTo initiate the movement, you’ll want to engage your upper body muscles by pulling your elbows down toward your sides. Do not strain your neck trying to clear the bar with your chin, your head should remain level and looking straight ahead. You can squeeze your legs together to help stiffen your core, but do not flail your legs to try to gain momentum from your lower body.
3. Back DownAfter you have cleared the bar with your chin, slowly lower yourself back down to a dead hang. Remember getting up is only half the exercise, the downward movement is just as important.