02 Jan, 2015
How to Do Your First Chin Up
If you have recently purchased a Stud Bar pull up bar and not sure how to use it, you are in the right place. The Stud Bar is a revolutionary chin up bar that is made of the highest quality 14 gauge steel, guaranteed to get you into shape when you use it in the right way. However, chin ups are not very easy to do and you may find, after installing the Stud Bar, that you can’t do one. You are not alone. Most people, unless they work out, don’t naturally have the upper body strength to do a chin up. This is common with women as well. So what do you do?
Understand the Movement of a Chin Up
Before you even start to attempt your first chin up, you want to make sure that you understand the movement of a chin up. You want to start in a dead hang, palms facing away with a good strong grip around the bar, hands slightly wider than shoulder length. From that position, attempt to pull yourself up, pulling your chin just over the bar. If you can’t do it, read on!
Practice makes perfect when you are trying to do your first chin up on a Stud Bar, so that is exactly what you are going to need to do. Our best selling pull up bar accessory is the Pull-up Assist bands from Rage Fitness. It’s basically a large rubber band that clips to the bar. By putting your feet or a knee into the band it can take up to thirty percent of your body weight off allowing you to do multiple reps. Just pulling yourself up partially is training your muscles, toning and strengthening them. Think baby steps.
You shouldn’t set out to be Superman or Superwoman when you first start using a chin up bar like the Stud Bar. As with any exercise, it is best to start slowly and work your way up. As a beginner, you should aim for about two or three chin ups in sets of one or two, once a day for about a month. Of course, these will probably be assisted chin ups to start, but over that months’ time, you may find yourself relying on the assist band less frequently. As you find yourself getting stronger, which you will, try to maximize your reps, but reduce your schedule to three times a week to allow your muscles time to recover.
The more you use the Stud Bar, the easier it will be to do full chin ups and pull ups. Eventually you should be holding your position for several seconds before letting yourself down. In addition to the chin ups you are doing, there are other great exercises you can do on the Stud Bar as well, essentially working your entire body. Once you are comfortable pulling your weight upward and ready to challenge yourself try our 20 pull ups challenge and post a video of your results on YouTube.