How to do pull ups in the proper way: the ultimate guide

Pull up is one of the best ways to build your upper body strength. And this is such an exercise from which almost everyone can get benefits. Everything is okay with pull up, it is also a very popular exercise and so on but the beginners always get confused about how to do pull ups in the right way. Not only beginners but also everyone should know that. If you cannot do it in the right way, all your efforts will go in vain and your target will not be achieved. So why will you let your efforts go in fruitless!

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It is not necessary for you to go to a gym for doing pull up. You can go to the gym or you can do it in your home. There are several ways to do pull up. You can follow any of the ways. In this article, we would like to describe the common method. So to get the most out of this compound exercise, you should follow the guidelines of this article as we are going to describe everything step by step about the most effective method to do pull up properly.  Below is the brief process of doing pull up in the right form.

  1. Grab a pull up bar with your palms making your grip a slightly wider you’re your shoulder width and place your hands facing away from you.
  2. Now hang your body all the way down.
  3. Pull yourself up in the way until your chin is above the bar.
  4. Take a little break.
  5. Lower yourself all the way back down until your arms are fully extended.


Once you have finished with a single pull up, you have to continue on doing them in sets. And then remember to do this:

  • After you complete one pull up, then wait for a minute or two and then do another one.
  • Then you have to wait for a few more minutes and again do another one.

Below is a little more instructions to do pull ups:

1. Firstly, grab a pull up bar with your palms in your preferred direction:

First of all, you have to grab a bar with your grip slightly wider than your shoulder width and face your palms whichever direction you prefer. As a general rule, placing your palms facing towards you is the most proficient. When you keep your hands facing this way and pull your body up, you offer your biceps and lats a better exercise. Pulling yourself up with your palms out can be considered one of the hardest ways to pull up your body weight but it also offers deltoids and triceps a good workout. You should begin with your arms fully extended.

2.Then hang your body all the way down:

After grabbing a pull up bar with your palms, you now have to hang your body all the way down holding the bar. At the time of hanging your body, hang your body fully. Do not start lifting your body up in the middle of the hanging.

3. Pull your bodyweight up until your chin is just barely above the bar:

If you are new to do this, you may have to strain. But don’t worry, keep continue your pulling until you have lifted yourself up using your back and biceps. In this case, you have to consider these following things. With the intention of keeping your body weight in the center, you can cross your feet underneath you since you are lifting yourself up. And you should remember to kick your feet to gain additional impetus will not help you regarding anything.

4. Lower yourself until your arms are fully wider:

It is harder to lower yourself in a controlled way to work the muscles. But you have to prep yourself for the next pull. It is important to keep yourself lower until your arms are fully extended. Here again, do not try to cheat yourself by lowering and lifting half of your body.

5. Continue for another pull up:

At the time when your arms are nearly extended, you have to start pulling up again. So now repeat the process as many times as you can. And remember, you should not allow your number of repetitions let you down. You only have to think about getting better and you will get so. If it seems possible for you, try to do 3 sets of 10 reps for the betterment.

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