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How to Do Pull Ups

Bhakti Satalkar Mar 4, 2020
A pull up is an upper body exercise which requires a person to lift his/her own body weight. It is very difficult to do them. This story provides some information about this exercise and the basic steps to perform this exercise, so that the difficult task becomes easy.
Pull ups are one of the most wonderful auxiliary exercises for the back, forearms, and the biceps. It is an important part of strength training exercises. However, there are a number of people, who avoid doing pull ups or chin ups as they are very difficult to do.
It is better that one tries them and observes the fantastic results they give. Once one is aware of the right method, one would understand that it is actually not that difficult and it is related to the mind more than the physical strength. Moreover, to be able to perform them, it is necessary that one practices them regularly.

Why do Pull Ups

There are many benefits attached to this strength training exercise. The first benefit is, that one can build muscle. When one is performing this exercise, one is forced to lift up their own body weight, which puts stress on one's body and leads to building of the muscles of the arms and back.
If one is interested in any of the activities which involve grappling strength, then one should make it a point to practice this exercise. It helps in increasing shoulder health and prevents muscle imbalances.

How to do Pull Ups

There are a number of ways one can perform this exercise. They can also be done using some props as well as machines. Resistance bands can also be used to do this exercise.

For Beginners

A person who has never performed it before would need some guidance, which is mentioned as below:
  • Make sure that the bar is at a height so that you can jump and grasp hold of it, otherwise doing the exercise would be difficult.
  • Set yourself under the bar on which you would perform. If you are working out in the gym, then the gym may have the assisted machines, which would be helpful
  • Grasp hold of the bar and make sure that your feet are off the floor. Instead of letting your legs hang down, you can choose to cross your legs at the knees.
  • Slowly pull yourself up, till your chin is above your hands on the bar.
  • Lower yourself down slowly, till one comes to the full stretch and repeat the exercise.
  • You can start doing the exercise, initially with 4 to 5 repetitions and then gradually increase the number of repetitions.

At Home without a Bar

One can do this exercise at home, as well as do them without the bar. If one wishes to do them at home without the bar, then one can make use of the window loft. The procedure would remain the same, as mentioned above. Furthermore, one can also choose to get a pull up bar installed in one's home.
If one wishes to work on the triceps instead of their biceps, one would have to learn how to do push ups. It is important to understand that strength is important. This means that even an overweight person would be able to do this with ease, if he/she has the required strength.
Moreover, some people are thin and not able to do this exercise, whereas the obese and overweight people can. One would have to train the mind accordingly so as to overcome the mental block and believe that anything is possible.
Disclaimer: This story is for informative purposes only. Always consult a physician before starting any physical fitness program in order to reduce the risk of injury.