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The following information is to be used as a guideline only. If any of the exercises cause any pain or discomfort, stop the exercise immediately and consult your physician. We strongly encourage you to consult with a physician before participating in any physical activity.

Primary Muscles: Latissimus Dorsi
Secondary Muscles: Rhomboids, Biceps
Body Area: Back
Modality Types: Machines Machines, Body Weight Body Weight
Equipment: York Squat Rack, Paramount Chin-up Dip (XP-4000), Life Fitness VKR/Pull-Up Station, Life Fitness Hammer HD Half Rack

Pull-up Pull-up

Proper Steps

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  • Read "Getting Started" before beginning any exercise
  • Grasp the bar with a wide overhand grip
  • Straighten your arms and let your body hang from the bar
  • Slowly pull your body up to the handles so that the top of your chest touches the bar
  • Try to keep your body straight without arching or swinging
  • As you move upwards, focus on driving your elbows into your rib cage
  • Lower your body in a controlled motion to the starting position


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