We covered good pull up technique in an earlier blog. We looked at how to perform assisted pull ups using stretch bands. Now it’s time to start expanding our horizons by looking at pull up variations.
This is one of my favourites. It’s a traveling pull up with an opposing grip:
For those of you who’ve been using our previous videos to build your pull up power, this traveling pull up with opposing grips is a great way to add an extra dimension of timing and coordination to your training.
But even if you’re not there yet, it’s still a fun movement to watch and a great goal to shoot for.
Here are some key points to remember when doing traveling pull ups with an opposing grip:
- One hand faces you, the other faces away
- Keep your shoulders packed down away from your ears
- Pull the bar “down” to your chest (instead of pulling yourself up)
- As you lower yourself, release the back hand and switch it to the front
- Control the eccentric (lowering) portion of the movement
- Tight is light — keep your core, glutes and lats slightly contracted throughout, even on the down phase
Hope you enjoy playing with that pull up variation! We’ve got more to come.
But how about you?
What’s YOUR favourite pull up or chin up variation? Let us know in the comments.