Monday, October 3, 2011

How To Do Neutral Grip Pull Ups



Body weight exercises are very effective strength building workouts. Today, you're going to learn about neutral grip pull ups. This exercise is very important because it:

  • strengthens your arms
  • strengthens your shoulders
  • strengthens your upper back
  • strengthens your grip
Neutral grip pull ups are essential to any strength training program, so it's very important to learn how to do them properly.

How To Do Neutral Grip Pull Ups

You'll need a neutral grip pull up bar for this exercise (depending on your strength level you can choose close grip or shoulder width bars). Place your hands on the bars. Your palms will be facing each other. Now pull yourself upward until your head is above the bar. Make sure to keep your abdominal muscles tight. This exercise is most effective when using only your upper body i.e. do NOT use your legs. After your head is above the bar, lower yourself back down to the starting position. That's one repetition. Perform nine more, then take a minute to rest before going again. I recommend performing 50 - 100 repetitions spread over multiple sets.

If you're not very strong, do the best you can. Set a goal of one rep. Once that one is done, do one more. Workout at your own pace. As you become stronger, you'll be able to perform more repetitions with less rest between sets. Once you're able to do fifteen reps in one set, you can start adding a weight belt. This will make the exercise more challenging and allow you to continue to become stronger.

Neutral grip pull ups are a fantastic way to develop upper body strength which has carryover advantages to the overhead press, bench press, rows and dips. I suggest doing this exercise on back day and arm day.

Don't waste your time dreaming about a better body. Get off the computer and exercise. The time to do it is now.

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