Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Optimise your workout - Pull-ups




As an exercise, pull-ups can provide a multitude of benefits. Obviously there are the major muscles of the Latissimus Dorsi (Lats) being worked and secondary muscles including biceps and middle back. A slight adjustment to a legs crossed and knees raised in front position recruits the abs.

Moreover, this is what we call a reality exercise. The forces use this as a benchmark test for new recruits and for good reason - being able to haul your own weight above an obstacle is useful and in some cases can be life saving (imagine falling into a river and catching the edge of the bank - could you haul yourself out?)

By supersetting this with for example a leg squat, you will really start to get your cardio started as well.

Do it on a doorframe to increase your grip strength too.

The options and applictations are almost endless. The results and benefits are amongst the best from any exercise.

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