5 Advanced Pull-up Variations

This is a guest post from my buddy Dave Mace over from Maximum Potential Calisthenics. When it comes to pull-ups — and especially one-arm pull-ups — he’s the boss. In this article, Dave is sharing his 5 favorite pull-up variations. Up your pull-up game and give them a shot.

Since I started training calisthenics back in 2011, the pull-up has remained my favorite exercise. I recently estimated that I had done over 8000 since then!

So what do you do once they become too easy?

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The Foolproof Way to Choose Your Kettlebell (Plus 4 Workouts with just One Kettlebell)

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Adding kettlebells (KBs) to my training was one of the best decisions I ever made. What’s that? You want one, too? Lucky for you, I have just the thing for you to pick the right size and brand.

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Active Recovery: How to Not Suck at It

In my early commercial gym days, I used to do this: Sit down on a machine, do some curls, sit some more on the machine, look at my phone. The bulk of my training time was spent sitting down. Now I use my time between sets productively and get stronger while resting.

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Super Quick Workouts

In a perfect world, we would all be wonderful, disciplined people with lots of time to devote to training. Everybody would have a training plan perfectly tailored to their needs and would follow it religiously. But life usually gets in the way and that’s fine. Here are my favorite, super quick and effective workouts for when I don’t have time for perfect.

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Loaded Yoga

Everyone and their grandma is obsessed with mobility drills recently. But let’s be honest – we all wanna do the fun stuff: lifting weights, practicing bodyweight skills, … you know, the stuff that makes girls (or boys) wanna hang out with you. What if there was a quick and effective way to work your mobility?

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How I Train

Want to know how to get strong, fit and healthy with minimal time investment? Here is how I try to do it with my own training.

I’m not a professional athlete of any kind. I work a regular 9-to-5 job, mostly seated. I do strength training for fun. But I’m also ambitious. I found a training template that is well-rounded, time-efficient and compatible with my schedule.

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AnyUp – The Bodyweight Training Coach in Your Pocket


Weird things happen when you train in public. You’re training at the pull-up bars at the park, and then a group of people gathers around you. They’re laying out their mats, saying stuff like “burpees”, “pull-ups” and “toes to bar”. And before you know it, you’re doing a group workout with them and having a blast.

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L-Sit Progression


The L-sit is a unique challenge of strength and flexibility. To achieve a rock-solid L-sit, you need the best of both worlds. Here’s how to get it.

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Hybrid Training: Don’t Be a Slave to Your Tools

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If you’ve been following me for any significant amount of time, you’ve noticed that I love bodyweight strength training. Today, I’m gonna confess to you that I’ve been cheating on calisthenics for quite some time now and I don’t regret it.

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Don’t Start with the End in Mind

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Let’s do a little time traveling: Go back in time when you first started to dabble in the world of “fitness”. Most likely, you started to exercise because you were unhappy with yourself. Be it that you were dissatisfied with the image you saw in the mirror or a general feeling of being “not fit” – strength training is looked upon as a solution to a problem. What’s wrong with that you ask?

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