Monday, September 27, 2010

Fitness Assessment and Brief Overview

Hang on the bar with your hands in the overhand grasp position.  Use your arms to pull your body up until your chin is above the bar, than lower your body into the hanging position.  Repeat as many times as possible.

The Importance of Pull-Ups

The Pull-Up requires the use of your upper back muscles, commonly known as latissimus dorsi, or lats, and calls upon your biceps and triceps for stabilization. Adding pull-ups to your regular work-out routine will cause a significant increase in your upper body strength compared to doing just lat pull-downs alone.

Pull-Ups may be the perfect complimentary bodyweight exercise to the push-up. While push-ups mainly work muscles in the chest and the triceps, pull-ups target the opposing muscle groups located in the upper back and the biceps.