If you’re not strong enough to do a pull-up, you could still probably hoist your chin up over the bar. Just use a little momentum -- swing you body back and explosively thrust your hips upward -- to help you out.
Cheating? Not quite.
While most onlookers might consider this a “cheat” pull-up, it’s actually a great tool for burning fat and building muscle -- as long as you use it correctly.
See, fitness experts actually consider this “cheat” pull-up and entirely different exercise altogether. It’s called a kipping pullup.
“I don’t consider kipping pull-ups cheating because I don’t even consider them to be pull-ups,” says Men's Health Power Training author Robert Dos Remedios, C.S.C.S., who is not affiliated with CrossFit. “They’re in their own category.”
A quick explanation: The standard pull-up requires you to pull your upright body toward the bar. So it forces your upper body pulling muscles to work in a vertical direction.
Watch the video to see how to do a chin-up with perfect form, and note that the expert starts from a dead-hang and his lower body isn't moving as he pulls himself upward. (For a complete guide to master this awesome exercise, check out The Ultimate Chin-Up Workout Plan.)Full Story >>