Pull Your Weight! A case for the pull-up

The one move all men must have in their programs.

Pull Your Weight, Inside Fitness Article, October 2016
Pull Your Weight, Inside Fitness Article, October 2016

Dan and I co-wrote an article for the October Inside Fitness, on stands now!

“By changing grips. hand positions, or adding weight to your body, you can keep pull-ups a challenging and beneficial part of your routine.”

Dan Edmunds and Matt Johnson are Personal Trainers and co-own Burlington Body Camp.

Inside Fitness Cover, October 2016
Inside Fitness, October 2016…on stands now!

Remember chin-ups from gym class? Work your back and biceps at-home with a chin-up bar!

How to do Chin-ups (Pull-ups)
Work your back and biceps at home with a chin-up bar!

Chin-ups (or Pull-ups) are an excellent body weight exercise you can do at home with a chin-up bar…or head to your local park and use the monkey bars.  Combine them with push-ups and you have a balanced, major-muscle groups circuit and a solid cardiovascular workout.

How to do Chin-ups and Pull-ups

Chin-ups

  • Face the bar and grab it with your palms facing you, keeping your arms shoulder width apart
  • Pull yourself up…and the trick is to do it slowly (when you jerk yourself up, you don’t get the full benefit of the chin-up)
  • Keep your body steady and don’t sway

Pull-ups

  • Face the bar and grab it with your palms facing away from you, with your arms beyond shoulder width apart
  • Pull yourself up…until your chest touches the bar, concentrating on your lats (the muscles below your armpits)

Note: This method is the more difficult of the two, so take your time and build up to this one.

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