How did I start doing my chin-ups?

When I added doing a chin-up to my fitness goals in 2018, I had no idea whether or not I would be able to do one. It did take me a while but I got there in the end. So where did I start?

Here’s what helped me:

  • I bought some strength bands, they are long, strong, thick elastic bands (usually coloured according to resistance) that you can buy from gym shops or online. Not expensive, I think mine were around $20 Australian. I bought two, one thick (gives more resistance) and one thinner (less resistance).
  • My trainer at the gym, used similar bands which allowed me used to using the band. Stretching the band down, I placed 1 foot in the band and grabbed the bar with both hands. Both palms were facing toward me ( facing away is called a pull-up), carefully stepped off the bench. At first my chin-ups were fully supervised to make sure I didn’t injure myself.
  • When not at the gym, I found some playground equipment bars that were high enough off the ground so I can just reach the bar and wrapped my band and back through itself.
  • Pulling myself up to the bar as far as I could, keeping legs as straight as possible and slowly lowering down, over time this built strength and familiarity with the motion.
  • I also did some other exercises at the gym that strengthened my arm muscles ( biceps, triceps and lats) that were important for doing chin-ups.
  • Every time I go near a park now I look for a bar that would suit a chin-up. I got a little obsessed about it, and I guess that’s important because over time I will lose strength if I don’t practice.
  • If you would like to try to do a chin-up, I strongly recommend a couple of sessions at a gym with qualified trainer to start you out and make sure you don’t get injured. And of course if you already have an injury check with your doctor first before attempting. Safety first!

Chin-ups in the public park and gym

Lots of parks have installed exercise equipment. I used to be reluctant to use equipment if anyone was watching, now it doesn’t bother me at all. It’s free and lots of fun. Some of them even have instructions on the side regarding how to use the apparatus and what muscles are worked. If you have similar at your local park, maybe try it out?

Keeping your chin up can mean many things.

  • A saying for remaining positive during stressful or hard times
  • Doing some chin ups at an exercise bar and exuding a sense of personal strength
  • The way you tilt your head to the world and face your challenges

Just a few ways to interpret “keep your chin up”, I’m sure there are many more!

My first chin-up at the gym, so proud of myself.

I hope that you find some inspiration in my blog. My plan is to include Nutritional tips and hopefully recipes along the way, motivation to exercise and an overall positivity. This blog is evolving and I’m really excited to be connecting with you!

lets get to it!