The Pull Up is one of the ultimate body weight exercises and a fantastic test of upper body strength. This is one of the most basic exercises yet underutilized due to it's difficulty for beginners. So many gym-goers pass on the chin up for the much more popular lat pulldown machine. The rings provide a different range of motion allowing you to perform a twist at any point during the exercise. Using the rings will allow you to perform pull ups almost anywhere. Ring Pull ups are great variation to your current pull up routine.
Body Parts Used:
Back, Biceps, Shoulders, Core, Forearms
Position the rings high enough where you will be able to achieve full extension.
Grab the handles and pull yourself up /td>
Lower yourself slowly and repeat
Maintain core tension throughout the entire exercise. Allow your hands to turn as needed which will alleviate a lot of strain from your wrists, elbows, and shoulders. Keep your arms sucked into your shoulder sockets. Do not fully extend which will put your shoulders into a vulnerable position.
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