The pull-up (also known as "chin ups") is a relatively difficult exercise that targets the lats, but also works the biceps, forearms, deltoids, and trapezius.
Pull-ups are performed using a bar (known as a "chin up bar) which is placed above head height. The bar is approached with palms facing forward and pulling up so that the chin reaches or passes the bar. Since beginners may struggle to lift their own body weight, beginners often perform the exercise using a specialized chin up machine which has counterweights that help lift them.
Variants of the basic pull-up exercise include:
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