One of the most common questions we get has got to be:
“What can I do instead of pull ups?”
For whatever reason … whether you don’t have a pull up bar, or you can’t do pull ups just yet, or whatever else …
I thought it might be helpful to give you some great alternatives to pull ups:
(BTW – in case you were wondering – in both my Bodyweight Strong and Invincible Body workout plans, we make sure to give modifications and alternatives, just like this, for all of the exercises and workouts)
1 – Table Bodyweight Row
This is a nice exercise that you can do instead of pull ups with a sturdy table.
Lay under the table. Grab it about shoulder width apart. Pull yourself up until your body reaches the underside of the table. Slowly lower yourself back down. Repeat.
2 – Towel Row
Similar to the table bodyweight row, but you have a bit more range of motion and control.
Loop a towel around a sturdy doorknob. Grab the towel at both ends. Pull yourself towards the towel. You can change your body and foot position to make the move harder or easier. Return to the starting position and repeat.
3 – Single Arm Kettlebell Row
If you have a kettlebell (or a dumbbell for that matter), you can do a single arm row.
Get in a slightly split stance with your feet. Keeping your back flat, bend over and pick up your KB. Pull it towards your torso, using the muscles in your back to do the work. Your range of motion is from arm fully extended all the way to where your hand touches your stomach. Repeat for reps.
Now – these are fine moves to start, if you don’t have access to a pull up bar, or can’t do pull ups yet.
HOWEVER – I recommend that, in the long run, you find a way to get to a pull up bar and start working on doing regular pull ups!
There are huge benefits when it comes to upper body strength, core strength, grip strength, and so much more.
We will help you do all of this and more in Bodyweight Strong.
Thanks for reading today, hope these tips help, and to your success! –
– Forest Vance
Certified Personal Trainer
Master of Science, Human Movement
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