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You can perform pullups on a high gymnastics bar.
Pullup exercises are typically performed on pullup bars attached to gym walls. But you can do pullups just as easily on a men's gymnastics high bar, also known as a horizontal bar, which is just above 9 feet high. Depending on your height, you can probably also do standard pullups on the upper bar of the women's uneven parallel bars, which is a bit more than 8 feet, 2 inches tall. Most people are too tall to perform any type of pullups on either the men's parallel bars (just less than 6 feet, 5 inches high) or the lower women's bar (5 feet, 7 inches tall). You may be able to do assisted pullups on youth-size lower bars, which are 4 feet, 10 inches high, because assisted pullups require your toes to remain on the floor throughout the exercise.
Standard Pullups on Gymnastics Bar1.
Jump up or receive assistance to grasp the men's high bar, or the upper women's uneven bar. Grasp the bar with your palms facing forward and your hands shoulder-width apart or a bit wider. Extend your legs straight down, or cross one shin behind the other if it helps to stabilize your position. Keep your head up, your wrists neutral, tighten your abs and pull your shoulders back and down.2.
Exhale as you ascend. Keep your body straight and don't let it rock back and forth. Continue to pull yourself up until your chin is above the bar. At the peak of your motion, your forearms should be roughly perpendicular to the bar with your elbows pointed down.3.
Pause for about one second, then inhale as you descend slowly to the starting position with your arms extended fully.
Assisted Pullups on Gymnastics Bar1.
Stand under the youth-size uneven parallel bars to prepare for assisted pullups -- beginner pullups in which you don't lift your full body weight. Grasp the lower bar, using the standard pullup grip. Extend your arms completely, position your shoulders beneath the bar, then bend your knees so only your toes touch the floor. Your body should be perpendicular to the floor from your head through your knees, with your toes touching the floor behind you.2.
Exhale and pull your chin or chest up to the bar, depending on your height in relation to the bar. Pull yourself up as far as possible while your toes remain on the floor.3.
Inhale as you lower yourself to the starting position.
- You'll typically perform assisted pullups if you're new to the exercise or if you can't do standard pullups yet. Alternatively, if you can perform just a few conventional pullups, do assisted pullups at the end of your workout to help develop your pullup strength.
- See a doctor before beginning a new exercise routine, particularly if you've been away from exercise for a while or you have any health issues.
- Stop performing pullups if you feel pain, especially in your shoulders or elbows.