30 minute beginner arm workout with a pull up bar at home

Here's everything you need to try our 30 minute beginner arm workout with a pull up bar at home. 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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Created by
Sean Klein
Last updated
01/04/24
In This Workout
  • Circuit 1
  • Eccentric Pull up
  • Chin Over Bar Hold
  • Deadbugs with Pause
  • Circuit 2
  • Plank
  • Opposite Shoulder Taps from Bear Crawl

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.

Deadbugs with Pause

Complete 8 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Deadbugs with Pause

Follow these cues to perform Deadbugs with Pause correctly:

  • Do not lower the leg so far that your lower back comes of the floor
  • Only go as far as able while holding a good position.

Circuit 2

Complete this round 3 times.

Plank

Complete 45 seconds

Coaching Tips For Plank

Follow these cues to perform Plank correctly:

  • Keep the hips in line with the shoulders
  • Tilt your pelvis so the lower back is slightly rounded and squeeze the abdominals.

Opposite Shoulder Taps from Bear Crawl

Complete 4 repetitions

Coaching Tips For Opposite Shoulder Taps from Bear Crawl

Follow these cues to perform Opposite Shoulder Taps from Bear Crawl correctly:

  • Try and stay as stable as possible throughout with as little movement as possible.

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