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Cat Meffan

Learn How To Do A Pull Up & Chin Up

While chatting to a friend the other day, we got talking about fitness goals and how easy it is to get hooked on a fitness goal with regards to how you look. As great as it is to set yourself goals to tone up, or lose a little weight if that’s what you feel is needed, it’s actually much more beneficial to both your body and mind to focus more on physical goals. This conversation got me thinking about my own goals and where they’re heading.

I’m still working on my strength for handstands and arm balances in yoga, but if there’s one thing that I’ve always wanted to do, it’s to learn how to do a pull up & chin up. Even when I was a muscly little gymnast throwing myself around on all kinds of apparatus, I always struggled with my pull ups and chin ups.

In case you’re wondering what the difference is between the two, it pretty much comes down to your grip…

Pull Up: Forward grip – these will work your lats, middle back & biceps

Chin Up: Reverse grip – these will work your lats, forearms, middle back & biceps

The majority of people find chin ups slightly easier to master, so that’s where I’ll be starting. I fortunately have a bar at home, so I can work on my drills whenever I fancy. We have a Power Bar 2, which you can buy here.

I’ve set myself a little plan for this goal and hopefully if I am strict with all of my exercises I’ll be doing an unassisted chin up very soon! Here’s what I’m doing to train my chin ups…

HANGING

BOTTOM RANGE CHIN UP

NEGATIVE TRAINING

FLEXED ARM HANG

So there you have it, my little exercise plan to get me doing chin ups. I’ll let you know how I get on. Let me know if you have any other techniques or if similar exercises have worked for you.

Let’s all enjoy achy arms together! 😉 x

 WEARING: Lucas Hugh Leggings & Crop