The Pull-up: “Cross Your Legs & Get Tight To Get Light!”

Pullup Bodyweight

I posted this on my Iron Body By Artemis Facebook Page today but for those of you who missed it I figured it was worth posting on the blog to add to my pull-up training collection 🙂 … ENJOY!

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For those of you who have heard me teach the pull-up at either my workshop “I Am Not Afraid To Lift”, or in classes or in training sessions, you’ve heard me emphasize how important abdominal strength and engaging your abdominals are to having success with the pull-up.

One of the phrases I always say is “Cross Your Legs & Get Tight To Get Light” in order to engage your abdominals, maintain tension, and maximize the hollow position when completing a pull-up.

Dan John drives it home in the video below by demonstrating how crossing your legs and putting a band around your feet/ankles and then actively pulling your feet apart in order to engage your abdominals when completing a pull-up can emphasize the use of your abdominals, and in my opinion, really drive home the importance of the phrase “Cross Your Legs & Get Tight To Get Light” in order to have maximal success with your pull-ups.

 

Give it a try. I will definitely be incorporating this drill when teaching the pull-up at workshops and at Iron Body Studios.

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If you would like to learn more techniques like these and how to become a master of the pull-up then please join me my workshop I Am Not Afraid To Lift.

Next I Am Not Afraid To Lift workshops coming to:

  • New York City, New York on September 12, 2015 at Drive495
  • Dulles, Virginia on October 3, 2015 at BSPNOVA
  • Needham, MA on November 7, 2015 at Iron Body Studios

Read more and register HERE.

Lift Workshop Montage 2

Also join me for Keep It Simple Nutrition & Conditioning, coming to:

  • New York City, New York on September 13, 2015 at Drive495
  • Dulles, Virginia on October 4, 2015 at BSPNOVA (Wicked Early Bird Ends June 28!)
  • Needham, MA on November 8, 2015 at Iron Body Studios

Read more and register HERE.

Nutr & Cond

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