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How-To: Proper Pullup/Chinup Technique
Posted By Mark Sisson On August 11, 2010 @ 8:38 am In Fitness,How To,Lift Heavy Things,Videos | 92 Comments
Over the next week I’ll be covering some key concepts related to the recently-released Primal Blueprint Fitness . You can get your own copy of the free eBook here . Yesterday I covered proper pushup technique . Next up, proper pullup/chinup technique.
Not everyone loves doing pullups and chinups, but they are an absolutely necessary part of the Primal Blueprint Fitness program. See, with most other bodyweight exercises, it’s possible to make the case for the superiority of their weighted analogues. There is at least a debate to be had for bench presses and barbell squats versus pushups and pistol squats, but nothing trumps the pullup. You could spend years training with lat pulldowns and bent over rows, but they will never match the strength-building capacity of pullups and chinups.
Pushups  don’t ask you to handle your entire body weight; you’ve always got your feet on the ground, taking a load off your upper body. Pullups force you to manipulate the entirety of your body weight. If you are good at pullups and chinups, you possess, by definition, a superior strength-to-body-weight ratio. In our distant (and not so distant) past, the ability of a human to pull his or her own body weight up and over cliffs, branches, vines, and trees was crucial for his or her success and survival . Likewise, we modern humans must be able to manipulate our body weight on the vertical plane if we want to call ourselves physically fit. Training pullups and chinups are the most effective ways to develop that ability. They make us strong; strong enough to climb ropes and trees and pull things toward us with great effectiveness. The pullup is vital – here’s how to do it.
That’s the basic pullup or chinup. If you can do these, you’re stronger and fitter than most people!
Now, watch this video on proper form and technique for the first 4 of 9 total pullup movements in the PBF Lift Heavy Things bodyweight progression.
Find out where you should begin in the pullup progression by taking the self-assessment test found in Primal Blueprint Fitness  and then get started today!
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