Friday, 14 September 2012

How to do pull ups without a pull up bar

door frame pull ups
Pull ups, chin ups, and all their variations should be one of the core exercises of any good training program. As a multi-joint, compound movement, they work a wide variety of muscles, and they provide an excellent benchmark and target.
However, they can be hard to incorporate in a home training routine, unless you have a pull up bar.

This article will describe a few pull up variations you can easily do at home to build up the strength to do a full pull-up or chin-up, as well as ways to perform pull ups using your everyday environment.

If your aim is to achieve a full pull up, or if you wish to keep improving though, make sure to check out this pull up progression.

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

How to do dips without dip bars

Dips should pretty much be a staple of any training program: they are a functional, compound exercise which translates to a wide range of movements, both in everyday life and in a variety of sports.

However, dip bars can be hard to find outside of a gym, and thus you might have to improvise to make dips an integral part of your home workout routine.

Luckily, there are a few dip variations and ways of performing this exercise with household furniture which will allow you to perfect the movement. Make sure to also check this dip progression for ways to build up to the exercise, and to keep improving.