Pullups Without a Bar

Writer’s insights: -

I compiled this list, when a person had a query on the way he could do a pullup without a bar. I was very happy when I was done with the list, but the list was not in proper order. So, I have modified it further and compiled it in a meaningful and systematic order.

Introduction: -

Everybody needs to do a pullup, but not everybody can. And sometimes the people who want to do, don’t have the resources. Also, these exercises are not meant to replace the pullup, they will only add value if used.

I read numerous answers and will divide this problem broadly into three categories.

In the first category are the people, who don’t have a pullup bar. They also can’t fix a pullup bar on a doorway. These people can’t also use furniture and counter tops to do something even remotely close to the pullup. They live in rented apartments or places with poor construction.

In the second category are the people who want to train the pulling muscles of the body, these people may/may not have a pullup bar, but want to increase their pulling strength. They can buy a few things like dumbbells, kettlebells, bedsheets etc.

In the final category are the people, who want exercises that strengthen their back muscles. They want exercises that may not necessarily be pullups. Also, they can be people who want to add supplementary exercises to their routine. Like they might want to focus more on the lower back muscles or the trapezoid muscles, etc.

To satiate the needs of each individual, I strategically ordered this article. I will divide this list into three categories.

Pullups without a pullup bar.

Without any further ado, here are your options.

Then we look into the exercises that use the pulling muscles.

I have tried this, but it doesn't work for me. You can find one video link below.

 Lastly, we look into the exercises that strengthen the back muscles.

To sum it up, there is no alternative to the classic pullup. You need to do one to get better at it. At the end of the day, invest in a good pull-up bar, it will be worth a million. The pain, the moments of joy and the mental resilience will be something that you will cherish for your lifetime.

That is all I have got for now. This list is the only list on the internet that has these many options and variety. You shouldn’t be disheartened at not being able to do pull-ups. Something is always better than nothing. Keep going! The higher frequency will create a pull bar for you, just be patient.

You can reply to me in the email given below. I will be more than happy to hear your tips, techniques and ideas.

-Ishan Mudgal


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