How to Work Up to A Strict Pull-Up

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Banded Pull-Up
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Banded Pull-Up

Doing banded pull-ups takes your legs out of the equation, but still gives you a little extra help on the way up. Most gyms have a range of resistance bands that offer, you guessed it, different levels of resistance. To do a banded pull-up, loop a band around a pull-up bar, then pull one of the loop ends through so it creates a knot. Climb up on a box next to your band so you can lower one foot into the bottom of the loop. Wrap your other foot around your first foot so the band can't slip out of place. Slowly lower yourself to the bottom of the position, then pull yourself up to the top.

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