Full-Body Exercises

The Burpee-Pullup Exercise Combo That'll Blow Up Your Upper Body

Try this potent bodyweight combination move to torch fat and chisel lean muscle.

Burpee pullup combo exercise
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How you finish your workout can be the difference between good and great results. Which is why you should ditch boring treadmill runs and sub in a move like the burpee chest-to-bar pullup.

“You’ll increase your leg strength, explosiveness, coordination, and overall level of badassery of your workout,” says Matt Pudvah, C.S.C.S., head strength coach at the Manchester Athletic Club. “Hopping down into a pushup and then jumping up to the bar will make you more athletic. But it’ll tire the hell out of you, too, so save it for the end of your workout.”

Burpee Chest-to-Bar Pullup Workout

DIRECTIONS: Start a timer and do a rep in conjunction with the minutes on the clock. So do one rep for Minute 1, two reps for Minute 2, and so forth until you fail to complete the designated number of reps within the minute.

  1. Stand in front of a pullup bar and complete a full burpee, with a pushup at the bottom.
  2. Jump up and grab the bar with a wide grip and pull yourself up until your chest touches the bar. For an added challenge, start the pullup from a dead hang without using the momentum from the burpee.
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