Pull up bar exercises

9 Pull-Up Bar Exercises You Can do At Home

If you have access to a pull-up bar, this article will show you pull-up bar exercises you can do in your doorway at home.

I didn’t realize the importance of using a pull-up bar when I first started working out 10 years ago. And it’s probably one of the reasons it took me longer to see results. Anyway, I have an indoor and outdoor pull-up bar nowadays.

If you don’t have a pull-up bar, get one. Just head over to amazon and buy the doorway pull up bars that you can hook on any door. Alternatively, you can use goal posts or monkey bars.

And if you can’t do pull-ups yet, this article will show you how to do your first pull up.

Well, a pull-up bar can be used to perform numerous exercises other than pull-ups. If used optimally, it will build your back, arms, chest, abs and oblique muscles. Basically, it’ll give you a full upper body workout.

Note that some of these exercises may be challenging for beginners. Don’t be discouraged though, just do the ones you can for now and keep progressing.

Pull-Up Bar Exercises

Discover the simple pull up bar exercises you can do at home to build muscle and increase strength #pullup #bar #exercises #flabfix

1. Hanging

hanging pull bar exercise

I talked about this exercise in the grip strength training article. Hanging on a bar will strengthen your grip, forearms, shoulders and back muscles.

All pull up bar exercises are performed while hanging, so you need to strengthen your grip. In fact, you can perform this exercise every day since it takes less than 5 minutes and it has a low impact on the muscles.

How to perform

Just grab a pull-up bar and hang as long as you can. Make sure you time yourself and track your progress.

Once you can hang for a minute, start swinging or doing shoulder shrugs while hanging to make the exercise more challenging. And when that becomes easy, start hanging with one arm. Do at least 3 sets every day.

See video demonstration

2. Hanging knee raises

hanging knee raises

Did you know that most ab exercises performed on the floor put pressure on the spine?

Well, guess what? Ab exercises performed while hanging don’t have the same effect on the spine and they’re more effective.

If your grip strength is weak, use hanging elbow straps to perform this exercise. But don’t settle for them – work on building grip strength.

How to perform

Grab the pull up bar at a shoulder width grip and look forward.

Bend your knees at a 90-degree angle and keep your abs tight. Then bring the knees up until they touch the chest, or as close as you can. Perform the exercise slowly to avoid swinging the body.

Avoid arching your back – curve the back as you bring the knees up.

See demonstration video

3. Hanging leg raises

hanging leg raises pull up bar

This exercise activates the abs more than hanging knee raises, and it’s also more challenging. Once you do 10-15 reps of hanging knee raises advance to this variation.

Frankly, it’s better to perform a few hanging legs raises than doing hundreds of crunches.

How to perform

Grab the bar at a shoulder width grip and keep the core tight.

Slowly lift your feet until you touch the bar with your shin, then slowly lower the feet to starting position and repeat.

It’s okay if you can’t touch the bar with your feet. Just bring them up as high as you can.

Alternatively, you can do half hanging leg raises. Simply raise the legs until they’re parallel to the floor, then slowly lower them and repeat.

See demonstration video

4. Hanging windshield wipers

This exercise will build your abs and oblique muscles. It is also quite challenging because it requires a lot of arms, core strength. So if you’re a beginner start with lying windshield wipers.

How to perform

Grab the pull up bar at a grip wider than shoulder width.

Keep the arms bent at a 90-degree angle, then raise the torso until it’s parallel to the floor. Keep the feet together, straight and facing upwards.

Now swing them to the left side. Then slowly swing them to the left side and repeat several times.

You can make this exercise less challenging by performing it with the knees bent.

See demonstration video

5. Chin ups

chin ups pull up bar exercise

Chin ups are easier to perform than pull ups and they engage the biceps more. It’s the best variation for beginners to build pulling strength.

The difference between pull ups and chin ups is how you grab the bar. With chin ups – grab the bar with palms facing you (underhand grip) and when doing pull ups the palms should be facing away from you (overhand grip).

How to perform

Grab the bar with an underhand grip narrower than shoulder width.

Look forward and pull yourself up until the chin is above the bar. Then slowly lower yourself until arms are almost straight and repeat.

See demonstration video

6. Pull ups

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Pull ups will strengthen your upper body more than any other bodyweight exercise.

How to perform

Grab the pull up bar at a grip wider than shoulder width.

Then pull yourself up until the chin is above the bar. Then slowly lower the body until arms are straight and repeat.

Don’t limit yourself to the wide grip variation alone. Try close grip and shoulder-width grip to activate different muscles. With pull ups you’ll never lack variety, here are 10 pull up variations you can do.

See demonstration video

7. Jumping pull ups

This is a high-intensity exercise which combines, squats, jumping, and pull-ups. This will give you a full body workout in very few minutes. In fact, the jumping momentum makes it easier to perform the pull ups and squats.

How to perform

Stand below a bar then squat until the thighs are parallel to the floor.

Now jump, grab the bar and quickly do a pull-up.

Release the bar as your lower yourself, do a squat again and repeat the movement.

See demonstration video

8. The Hanging L-Sit

l sit exercise

You’re probably familiar with the L-sit performed on the floor. Well, a pull-up bar can also be used to perform this isometric exercise.

This exercise will strengthen your abs and core muscles. In fact, you can combine it with the hanging exercise.

How to perform

Grab the pull up bar at a shoulder width grip. Keep the legs straight and then lift them until they’re parallel to the floor. Hold that position as long as you can and repeat several times.

See demonstration video

9. Hanging oblique raises


This exercise is effective for building the oblique muscles.

How to perform

Grab the bar at a shoulder-width grip and keep the knees bent.

Lift the feet to the left side as high as you can. Then lower them and lift them on the right side. Make sure you tighten the oblique muscles when doing this exercise to engage them more.

See demonstration video

Final word

Exercises like the front lever, back lever, and muscle ups can also be done using a pull-up bar. But for now, work on building strength with the exercises on this list.

Don’t let not having a pull bar be an excuse for not doing these exercises. Buy one or go outside and find a bar you can hang on.

Do you know other pull-up bar exercises?

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