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Chin-Up Pull-Up Exercises – What You Need to Know

Posted Nov 12 2012 8:34am


There's no strength training exercise as beneficial as a chin-up or pull-up. Unlike the need for weights, you can get the most out of this exercise by means of a strong metal bar.

Best part: you don't even need to obtain gym membership to do this simple (but very difficult!) exercise.

Considered to be key exercises if you enjoy calisthenics rather than working out with weights, it should be obvious that the pull-up and chin-up are different in a few ways, and which will be discussed later.

Chin-up Pull-up Exercises – An Introduction

So, what are chin-up pull-up exercises , you might ask?

Simply put, it's an exercise that belongs to the type of exercise known as calisthenics that uses body weight as resistance instead of weights.

Calisthenics is also a group of exercises that will help you build muscle but also improves cardiovascular fitness and increases endurance levels greatly, and which is why it is crucial to training in the army as well as for teams in numerous sports disciplines.

As mentioned earlier, minimal equipment is required for this type of exercise which can practically be executed just about anywhere – no surprises as to why the  chin-up pull-up exercises fall in this category as well.

So, how does on execute a chin-up and pull-up exercise?

Before you get all gung-ho about these two exercises, it's important to master the chin-up before you move on to the pull-up, especially if you're trying it for the first time.

Here's an exercise video that shows you how to do both the chin-up and pull-up exercises albeit with a little help – and just exactly how beginners can get started.

And you don't need me to tell you why it's a good idea for you to concentrate on both the push-pull forms of exercise either – of which these two exercises belong to the latter type.

And if you must know, there are clear differences and distinct benefits to chin-up pull-up exercises.

Chin-up Pull-up Exercises – Differences & Benefits

First, let's look at the difference between chin-ups and pull-ups. Three differences include:

#1: As mentioned earlier, the chin-up is much easier to do than the pull-up because the grip that you use for the former is 'natural'.

#2: Speaking of the grip, it's easier to execute chin-ups since you grip the bar with your palms facing you while the it's just the opposite with pull-ups.

#3: While both these exercises are excellent upper body exercises, chin-ups works on your biceps while pull-ups focus on the back.

As for the pros and cons, working on these two pull exercises ensures that you maintain a balance between the two types of exercises. In fact, when one executes pull-ups, one can easily execute exercises that are directly opposite such as the overhead or bench press.

While there's no doubt that gains can be made in terms of muscle mass, one will also increase the strength of grip while also building endurance levels.

This is why MMA fighters or even rock climbers find this exercise to be vital to their 'survival', if you get my drift.

What you must be careful of is studying the movements for each exercise, and then executing it to perfection – as this can lead to injury if done incorrectly.

In Closing

So, what are your thoughts about the chin-up pull-up exercises? Are they beneficial as experts claim they are? Feel free to add any other benefits that you might have enjoyed when executing these exercises.

Also, you can read this article which covers workout without weights .

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