How to Do the Perfect Pull-Up

Doubting your ability to master this basic arm-toning move? It's easier than it looks, once you know how to do it right.

| April 29th, 2013
Courtesy of Self
How to Do the Perfect Pull-Up

This move is tough but totally nailable—and worth it. Trainer Kiley Schoenfelder (KFitNYC.com) tells you how. By Jaclyn Emerick

1. Stand on a plyo box under bar. With hands slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, grab bar with an overhand grip.

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2. Step off front of box and hang. Keep neck long, drawing shoulder blades together. Tighten abs and inhale.

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3. Exhale and pull body straight up, driving elbows toward rib cage.

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4. Clear bar with your chin. Pause and inhale; exhale as you slowly descend. High-five, badass!

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How not to look stupid…

Know the Difference
Pull-ups use an overhand grip. Flip your wrists and you're actually doing a chin-up. Also a great upper-body move but has less gym cred cuz it's easier—biceps pitch in.


Cheat It
Loop a superband around the bar, then step one foot in and pull yourself up, using a little extra help.

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