You might be telling yourself that pull-ups are too hard and that you don't work out so this challenge isn't for you. You might also be wondering where you can do your pull-ups since you don't have a gym membership. I'm betting that I can get you to do your first very easy pull-up. You don't need to be a work out junkie, have a gym membership, or buy fancy workout gear in your house do a single pull-up. In this short video I'll show you just where and how to do easy pull-ups in your neighbourhood!
Easy Australian Pull-ups
If you're having trouble doing your first pull-up or avoiding the challenge at all because full body pull-ups are hard too hard for you, wait no more! Introducing the Australian style pull-ups! Australian pull-ups are a variation that are designed to be much easier. In fact, they're totally like doing those knee push-ups! You can even switch it up and mix in other types of grips from other pull-up variations to make the Australian pull-up more challenging! For now, let's start with the basics.
Australian Pull-up guide
Refer to the following steps on how to do an Australian pull-up.
- First, find a bar that's about waist height. If you're in the gym, you can use a Smith Machine or a bench press bar in a lifting cage. A neighbourhood park will sometimes have some kind of bars like I've shown, in the video. Some parks even have low bars designed for outdoor fitness.
- Grip the bar with your hands a little wider than shoulder width apart. Your grip will be similar to the traditional full body pull-up.
- Slide your body underneath the bar so that your chest is positioned directly under it.
- Keep your heels on the ground and your body straight like a board. Ensure that your shoulders are 'packed' (flexed slightly holding your body up).
- Pull your body up towards the bar until your chin reaches the height of the bar. Once you've lifted your upper body fully, that's one repetition, or otherwise known as a rep.
- Lower your body back to the starting position.
- Repeat steps 5 and 6 to continue doing your Australian Pull-ups.
I want to thank you all for your support with the Bullying Pull-up Challenge movement. I'm so glad to see and hear many of you are interested in not only the challenge itself but also the cause that we're supporting as a community. Thank you for your support and good luck!