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What's the best way of doing pull-ups?

Charles Bell (Knoxville, TN) on Nov 3, 2011
Pull-ups force an individual to lift their own body weight, so they can be difficult for beginners. Beginners might want to exercise for a period of time before attempting more than 5 pull-ups. To start off, the individual will hang on a the bar with straight arms and pull themselves up until the chin passes the bar. This is the usual technique. However, there is a difference between a pull-up and a chin-up. The difference between the two is the grip. The pull-up is done with palms facing away, with less use of the biceps and more more of the back. The chin-up is done with palms facing forward. The biceps are used more than the back. The pull-up is a bit harder than the chin-up. But both exercises will build strength.
James Weaver (Milford, CT) on Nov 3, 2011
The best way of doing pull-ups is to have a spotter while doing them. Also do them with a slow and controlled motion. Don't try to do them quickly, because you can lose proper form and injure yourself.
Deena Clemente (New York, NY) on Nov 3, 2011
I like to use negatives when training my clients for a proper pull up. Negatives are working the exercise in reverse. Start from the top and control on the way down to build upper body and core strength. I also like to use the assisted pull up machine until my clients are able to perform a full unassisted pull up.
Joe Barbagallo (New York, NY) on Nov 3, 2011
Franklin Antoian (Delray Beach, FL) on Dec 10, 2011
There are different grips for pull-ups. The underhand grip is usually the easiest, the overhand grip tends to be more difficult. A mixture of grips will yield the best results.