Master the The Pullup for Your Swim Strength Program

Welcome to the final installation of the pullup progression in the BridgeAthletic Building Blocks series.

It’s time to conquer the pullup! Don’t forget to show us what you’ve got.

Pullup Progression (courtesy of BridgeAthletic, a swimswam partner) 2015You are about to master the Pullup. If you have followed the progression to this point, you are in a good place to perform pullups without any help. That said, if you have not, I would recomend referencing the rest of the progression, Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, in order to best prepare for the pullup!

Initially, it might be beneficial to stand on a box or bench under the pullup bar to help setup for each set. Place hands, knuckles up, just wider than shoulder-width on the pullup bar.

In a controlled movement, pull your body toward 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.

Stretch your lats and shoulders in-between sets for best performance.

Exercise 5: The Pullup

With the added load of the bar on your back, focus on your balance, especially on the downward movement of the squat. Feet are slightly wider than hip width apart, toes slightly rotated out. Hands are placed a comfortable distance apart on either side of the bar.

Work initially on a tempo of 2 to 3 seconds down, a slight pause and a controlled return to the start position. Do not lock your knees out at the top. Pause and repeat.

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

Day 4: Assisted Chinup

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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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