Pull ups is an awesome exercise that strengthens your muscles in the arms and back. The cool thing about pull ups is that it doesn’t require any free weights or machines; as long as you have a pull up bar in your home, then that is all you need.
You can pick up a pull up bar at any sporting goods store; they typically run around 20-30 dollars. Most of them are compatible with a typical door frame. Some require brackets to be screwed on to the door frame while others use the frame itself for support. Whatever kind of bar you get, it is a worthy investment.
Pull ups can be done in many ways, and you can target different areas of your muscles by placing your grip at different points on the bar. Using a wide grip position places more of the emphasis on your lats while a close grip position works mostly the lower lats and biceps.
You can focus purely on bodyweight pull ups and focus on increasing the number of reps. You can also add more resistance by using some weights. Just strap on a backpack with some weight plates in it. If you don’t have any plates, then you can improvise by using textbooks or filled water bottles.
If you want to make the exercise harder without adding weights, then try placing the emphasis on one arm. The way to do this is by looping a towel over one side and gripping the towel with one hand. Because the hand holding the towel will be lower than the hand holding the bar, the hand gripping the bar will have to work harder to pull your weight up. As you get better at this exercise, you can make it more difficult by lowering the position of the hand holding the towel.
Pull ups can benefit anyone no matter their current level of fitness. It is one of my favorite exercises just because it is so convenient to do from my own home. I highly recommend adding it to your workouts if you already haven’t done so.