Category Archives: Pullup Technique

Shoulder Pain And Pull-ups (Q+A)

Note: this is one post in a series on Pull-ups and Pain. QUESTION: Hello John, Thank you for the post. In most cases when I perform a pull-up, I get a shoulder pain. Any thoughts on preventing the pain? -Saad. ANSWER: First, read this article that I wrote about pull-ups and elbow problems. Much of… Read More »

Pull-ups For Beginners: The Definitive Guide to Doing Your First Pull-up

Step-By Step Beginner Pull-up Exercises, Progressions, and Training Tips To Get Your First Pull-ups, Chin-ups, and Beyond Who wants to get their first perfect pull-up? YOU DO! Whether you’re almost there or can barely even hold yourself on a bar, this is the LAST first pull-up guide you’ll ever need. Here’s What You Need To… Read More »

How to Use Inverted Rows to Get Your First Pull-ups & Chin-ups

If you can’t do any pull-ups yet, the inverted row is a great exercise that will help you train the same musculature through a different range of motion. The pull-up and chin-up are VERTICAL pulling exercises. And the inverted row is a HORIZONTAL pulling exercise that targets all the same musculature (i.e. mostly the back… Read More »

Pull-ups VS Chin-ups: Which Exercise Is Better For You?

The Key Differences Between Pull-ups and Chin-ups & Which Exercise Is Better For You (According to Science) Pull-ups and chin-ups are very similar exercises with a few key differences. This article will explain the pros and cons of each and also which exercise you should focus on depending on your goals. The Difference Between Pull-ups… Read More »

How to Breathe During Pull ups & Chin ups

3 Breathing Techniques for Pull ups & Chin ups and Which One is Best for You There are many different breathing methods that are useful for exercise. And today, I’m going to share three of the ones that are most applicable to pull-up training. The most important things to keep in mind are: a) always… Read More »

Which is more important during pull-ups: shoulder pack or elbow lock?

QUESTION: Hey John, I am doing good at your tips, but one thing that is bothering me is when I pack my shoulders in the dead hang position, I am not able to lock my elbows. And  if I try for elbow lock position, I can’t keep the shoulders packed. It’s like shoulder pack or… Read More »

What to do if Pull-ups & Chin-ups Cause Neck Pain and/or Injury (Q+A)

Note: this is a question I received from a gentleman who wished to remain anonymous. Question: John: I am 57 years old. Although not in bad condition, but when I reached 50, I decided I needed to tone up as I saw my body start to deteriorate. One concern was my neck that has thinning… Read More »