Up and away…

Want to test your upper body strength? Build monstrous biceps? Or just show off to your lackluster friends? Then you should add pullups/chinups to your routine. This most excellent of movements engages just about everything in the upper body, and by varying your grip you can even focus more specifically on lats or biceps. They’re tough, for sure, which is why you see so few people doing them, and even fewer doing them properly through a full range of motion. That means starting from a dead hang position with arms fully extended, and pulling all the way up to full flexion. But what if you can only squeak out one or two for starters? No problem. Start with 3 to 5 sets of as many reps as you can get in good form and progress from there. When you start hitting sets of 10 reps, pat yourself on the back, kiss your biceps adoringly, and begin to add load to the movement. One thing is for sure; no matter how advanced you become, there’s always a version of pullups/chinups you can add to your routine to keep you challenged.