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How to Do a Basic Pull-Up for a Back Workout

Learn how to do a basic pull-up from certified personal trainer Max Tapper in this home back workout for men video from Howcast.


Hey guys, this is Max Tapper again for Howcast, and what I'm going to show you guys how to do today is a basic pull-up. There's nothing more effective at developing your back muscles than a pull-up. You need to master your body weight first before you can master anything else. This is actually the most difficult exercise I would consider in a back workout, all right? It requires every single muscle: lats, biceps, rear delts, stability in your core, lower back, everything. So this is one of the holy grail exercises, what I would call my 1-A. This is what builds your body, puts a lot of mass on those lat muscles, gets you strong and also gets you looking good. So, let me show you how to do it. What we're going to do is we're just going to jump up. Actually, I don't have to jump, but I'm doing a reach-up. Arms out to the side. Now there's different variations we can do. This one is going to be called a wide-grip pull-up. Here out to the side, I'm going to lift my body weight all the way up, control, slow on the way back down. Pause, up, slow on the way back down. One more time, up, pause, all the way down. Remember this, if your body is swinging you're not in control. All right? If your body is swinging, you are not in control. You always want to make sure as you're coming down, you're lowering yourself slowly. As you're coming up, you're not crunching at your abdominals, you're not trying to flail and kick your knees. Legs straight down, pulling straight up in the air. So, guys, there are different variations of a pull-up. The one I showed you was a wide-grip, and there's also a closer-grip. The wide-grip works at actually building your lat muscles a little bit more. The close-grip, since it's going to be in, puts a little more bicep work involved. So depending on what your goal is, if you're looking to really increase your lats more, you keep a wide-grip. If you're looking for more arms, more upper back involved, then you're going to keep a close-grip. My suggestion to you would be to do both of them. You don't have to do them on the same day, but they're still an awesome exercise. No matter what, the pull-up is the holy grail. Do a pull-up. Your back will thank you.

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