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How to Do a Pull-Up

Learn how to do a pull-up from Warrior Fitness Boot Camp creators Ruben Belliard and Alex Fell in this Howcast workout video.


Hi. I'm Alex Fell from Warrior Fitness Boot Camp here in New York City, and today I'm going to show you how to do a pullup. A pullup is a great upper body exercise to really strengthen your arms, your shoulders, your chest, and really tone that back up to make you nice and strong. All you want to do is you want to approach the bar nice and square. Okay. There's a variety of ways that you can do a pullup. Okay. You can do it overhand. You can do a pistol grip. Or you can do it underhand. Today I'm going to show you how to do and underhand pullup. Okay.

You're going to gab the bar, and you're going to wrap your thumbs around the top of it. Okay. Some people hold it like a pistol grip. I prefer to do it with my thumb wrapped around the bar on the side of my fingers. You're going to start from a dead hang position. All you're going to do, you're going to tense everything in your body up through your glutes, up through your core. All right. Keep your head straight ahead, and think about pulling the bar down to your chest instead of pulling yourself up to the bar. You're going to pull up, get your chin above the bar, and then drop back down. Lock it out. Pull back up, back down, lock it out. Dead hang. Pull up. All the way up. All the way back down. And you can do, depending upon your fitness level, do at least five. If your fitness level is a little bit more advanced, a good goal would be to shoot for about 15 pullups.

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