Towel Pullup

The towel pullup is a progression of the standard pullup that increases strength in the back, biceps, and forearms. The towels increase the use of the forearms to improve grip strength.


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    Loop a medium-sized towel around a pullup bar and firmly grasp both ends of the towel. Allow your arms to hang in a fully extended position.
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    Keeping your shoulders down and away from your ears, pull yourself up until your chin clears the bar. Pause, then slowly lower yourself to the starting position.

Trainer’s Tips

  • Keep your chest up and shoulders back.
  • Drive your elbows behind you to prevent pulling through your wrists.