Monday, December 13, 2010

How To Do Horizontal Pull Ups

An Upper Body Exercise



By now you can tell that I'm a huge fan of body weight exercises. This time I'm going to teach you how to do simple but intense exercise that will definitely give you incredible upper body strength. And the name of this exercise is the horizontal pull up. Yeah, yet another pull up exercise you say. If you're a newcomer to this site, you're probably wondering why I'm blogging about exercises that "seem" to have absolutely nothing to do with chest workouts. But regulars know that each blog post relates to developing a great chest. So, here's the million dollar question: What is the horizontal pull up exercise good for? The horizontal pull up is important for a number of reasons because it

  • improves upper body strength
  • strengthens the back muscles
  • strengthens the biceps
  • strengthens the forearms
  • strengthens the ab muscles
And now, it's time to learn how to do them.

How To Do Horizontal Pull Ups

You'll need access to a Smith Machine or Power Rack station for this exercise and a box to place your feet upon. Get under the bar. Make sure that your palms are facing toward your body. You can use a close or wide grip, the close grip will increase the difficulty of the exercise. Now, place the heels of your feet on the box. Tighten your ab muscles. Now pull your upper body toward the bar. Then lower yourself back to starting position. Go for five sets of this exercise, with ten reps per set. Because this is a compound exercise, you can do them on back or chest day mixing them in with dips, rows, bench press, etc. You'll begin to notice a huge improvement in strength if you stick with this.

Things that you need to know if you want to become bigger and stronger.

A lot of people buy into the myth that free weights are the only way to develop chest muscles. They have no idea how important body weight exercises are to chest and upper body workouts. Accept this fact: If you want to bench press heavy weights, then you need to know that body weight exercises are crucial. And to develop a great chest you need a strong back. Which is where this exercise comes in. Pull ups are among the best exercises to give you those powerful back muscles. And with all of the other benefits of the horizontal pull up, there's absolutely no reason for you skip them.
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