Learn the Assisted Chinup for Your Swim Strength Program

Welcome to the fourth installation of the Building Blocks progression created by Nick Folker and powered by BridgeAthletic.

Think you’re ready for the pullup? Check out the Assisted Chinup and keep progressing!

 Assisted Hammer-Grip Pulldown (courtesy of BridgeAthletic, a swimswam partner)

The Assisted Chinup progresses the body weight pull from a horizontal pull to a vertical pull. This naturally increases the difficulty of the movement. To aid in the progression, we have added the resisted band to assist the athlete with the vertical pull. Using a chinup grip decreases the difficulty of the movement, aiding in the progression and allowing the athlete to perform more reps and hence improve vertical pull strength.

Exercise 4: Assisted Chipup


We suggest using a box or bench below the pullup bar for the athlete to stand on to get set up. Set up the band in the middle of the bar, then hook the band over one of your knees or feet, depending on comfort level. Hold on to the bar, hands shoulder-width apart with a supine grip – palms up.

Pull your body in a smooth movement toward to the bar. Squeeze your elbows in to your side as you pull to get your chin above the bar. Pause. Slowly return to the start position. Pause. Without a big jerking movement, repeat the movement for the prescribed reps.

Remember, stretch your lats and shoulders in-between sets for best performance.

More Building Blocks:

Miss any of the progression or want to review? Check out the other building blocks below.

Day 1: Band Bent-Over Neck Pull

Day 2: Supine Row Hold

Day 3: Supine Row

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BridgeAthletic Logo 3BridgeAthletic works with elite professional, collegiate, and club swimming programs to provide a turnkey solution for dryland training.  Led by Nick Folker, the top swimming strength and conditioning coach in the world, our team builds stroke-specific, custom-optimized dryland programs for each of our clients. The individualized workouts are delivered directly to athletes via our state of the art technology platform and mobile applications. Check Nick and BridgeAthletic out as recently featured in SwimSwam.

About Nick Folker 

Nick Folker, BridgeAthleticNick Folker is the Co-Founder and Director of Elite Performance at BridgeAthletic. Nick’s athletes have won 22 Olympic Medals, 7 team NCAA Championships and over 170 individual and relay NCAA championships. Megan Fischer-Colbrie works as the Sports Science Editor at BridgeAthletic.  Megan was a four-year varsity swimmer at Stanford, where she recently graduated with a degree in Human Biology.

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