Many people begin their weight loss efforts with visions of washboard abs, toned and lean arms, and a back that would make ‘the Governator’ green with envy. Here’s a surprising tidbit for ya: a pull up workout can get you well on your way to the body you’ve been dreaming of!
I know it seems so right now, but you don’t have to put off a pull up workout until you have the abs and arms to do it all the way. There are easy pull up workouts for beginners that will slowly build your muscles so you can do a pull up like a champ!
Forget about how hard you think pull ups are, they are great for upper body strength and muscle mass–two keys to successful weight loss.
Pull Up Workout #1–Pull Up Bar Hang
Ok so the pull up bar hang isn’t a workout per se. It is however, a great way to build your grip so you don’t slide off easily or injure your hands while trying to hold on. Another added benefit of the pull up bar hang is that it helps relax those overworked and totally stressed back muscles.
If you sit in a chair all day working, the pull up bar hang is a great way to loosen up those muscles before you begin any other physical activity. If you don’t have proper pull up strength, this pull up workout will help you get used to what it means to add a pull up workout to your existing exercise plan.
Pull Up Workout #2–Outer Grip Pull Up
Burning fat and building muscle are major components of weight loss and physical fitness, and whether or not you can complete an entire rep of pull ups you’ll need to add the outer grip (knuckles facing you) pull up to your pull up workout.
The outer grip pull up will help improve strength in your shoulders, biceps, chest, back and lats. It is a well-rounded upper body pull up workout that will slowly help you increase your strength. This exercise MUST be part of any pull up workout even if you can only complete a few to start. Do as many as you can each time and you’ll notice yourself getting noticeably stronger.
TIP: The inner grip pull up (fingers facing you) is similar but the inner version is easier because it requires more arm strength than upper body strength.
Pull Up Workout #3–Lift Ups
A strong core is crucial to any pull up workout, particularly if you want to avoid injury and lift ups can help. To do lift ups you hang from the bar (see pull up workout #1) and try to bring your knees up to your chest to strengthen your abs. Improved abdominal strength will allow you to complete more pull ups with each pull up workout.
Whether you need improved core strength for a more productive pull up workout or you need an easier way to strengthen your abdominal muscles, lift ups are the answer. Bring your needs up and to the side if you need to strengthen your obliques, and honestly who doesn’t need a good oblique workout?
Lift ups are great for every beginning pull up workout because it allows you to improve your muscle strength while increasing your overall upper body strength.
Pull Up Workout #4–Resistance Band Pull Ups
Ever get the feeling that your weight is what’s making it hard to do pull ups? Well get that feeling out of your head because pull up workouts are all about strength, not body weight. You need a pull up workout to improve your bodyweight strength, and if you’re lacking in that area consider resistance band pull ups.
A pull up workout that uses a resistance band lets you perform the movements correctly while helping you get the lower part of your body UP. Although it only helps from the bottom up, a resistance band pull up will help you get used to performing a pull up correctly while improving your arm and back strength. A pull up workout using the resistance band is an easy way to improve strength until you’re ready to hit the pull up bar without any help.
Pull ups are a good way to improve your upper body strength. Beginners can uses these 4 exercises to take the steps needed for a successful pull up workout. A good pull up workout can be done in the home with a portable pull up bar, so there’s no excuse for a weak and flabby upper body!
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