Target Area: Upper Body
Equipment: Chin-Up Bar
- Grab a chin-up bar in a neutral position where your palms are facing each other. If you don’t have access to this style of grip, grab the bar with your palms facing upwards and a grip slightly closer than shoulder width.
- Keep your torso as straight as possible while creating a curvature on your lower back and sticking your chest out. Your arms will be holding the weight of your body as your feet leave the ground.
- Breathe out and pull your torso up towards the bar until your head is around the level of the chin-up bar. Keep the elbows close to your body.
- Keep your upper torso stationary as it moves upwards, with only the arms moving. The forearms should do no work other than hold the bar.
- Slowly lower your torso back to the starting position, by extending your arms. This is one repetition.
Add weight by wearing a weight vest, chin dip belt with weight or putting on ankle weights.
You can practise pulling your torso up as far as you can, rather than all the way to the bar, or if you have a training partner, friend or trainer, you can ask for their assistance to hold under your knees to assist in taking some of your bodyweight while moving upwards towards the bar. You may also use a band for assistance.