30 minute beginner arm workout with a pull up bar

Here's everything you need to try our 30 minute beginner arm workout with a pull up bar. For each circuit, complete each exercise one after the other and repeat it for 3 rounds before continuing on to the next circuit.

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Sean Klein
Last updated
01/04/24
In This Workout
  • Circuit 1
  • Eccentric Pull up
  • Chin Over Bar Hold
  • Heel Taps
  • Circuit 2
  • Crab Walk
  • Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

Circuit 1

Complete this round 3 times.

Eccentric Pull up

Complete 4 repetitions

The eccentric pull up is one of the most effective vertical pull variations.

Benefits of Eccentric Pull up

The main benefit of the eccentric pull up is it helps build strength in the vertical pull movement pattern which means it can be used to help people move towards their first pull up.

How To Do Eccentric Pull up

  1. Use a bench or box to find the starting position with control. This will allow stability going into an exercise which requires a lot of control.
  2. Pause slightly at the top to illustrate control of the movement.
  3. Lower yourself towards the floor, keeping a tight midline throughout.
  4. Move through the full range of motion, including the very end of the movement until the arms are fully extended.

Coaching Tips For Eccentric Pull up

Follow these cues to perform Eccentric Pull up correctly:

  • Start with your chin over the bar, use a bench or a box to find the position
  • Control the descent as much as able
  • Keep your spine travelling in a straight line.

Chin Over Bar Hold

Complete 15 seconds

Coaching Tips For Chin Over Bar Hold

Follow these cues to perform Chin Over Bar Hold correctly:

  • Use a bench or box to find the position, do not jump or do a pull up
  • Create tension in the upper back and hold your chin over the bar
  • Do not rest your chin on the bar.

Heel Taps

Complete 20 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Heel Taps

Follow these cues to perform Heel Taps correctly:

  • Start by lifting the head and pressing the lower back into the floor, this will create tension in the abdominals
  • Slowly tap the heels, alternating each rep.

Circuit 2

Complete this round 3 times.

Crab Walk

Complete 10 meters

Coaching Tips For Crab Walk

Follow these cues to perform Crab Walk correctly:

  • Slowly moving weight from hand to hand
  • Moving opposite arm and leg at the same time.

Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

Complete 8 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support

Follow these cues to perform Single Leg Straight Leg Deadlift with Wall Support correctly:

  • Keep the foot furthest away from the wall on the floor
  • Keep shoulders and hips square, feel the tension in the hamstring
  • Maintain an arch in the lower back.

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