Pull ups are an extremely difficult exercise, but with enough practice you may become tired of the standard pull up. Adding variety and difficulty to your workouts over time is a necessity if you want to continue building strength and skill, which is why you should try out new pull up variations.
Five Pull Up Variations to Build Strength
This is the simplest choice for increasing the difficulty of your pull ups. The skill needed remains the same, but your strength will be challenged.
2) L-Pull Ups:
Starting from a dead hand, raise and extend your legs in front of you so your body is making an “L” shape. Holding this L position, perform your pull ups.
3) Towel Pull Ups:
Loop a towel around the top of the pull up bar, and use the two hanging ends as your handholds. The towel increases the difficulty of grip and stabilization, which will increase forearm and bicep strength.
4) Around the World:
Change your pull up range of motion from a simple vertical range to a more difficult circular range. Around the world pull ups require your muscles on both sides to work at different capacities, loading more and less weight on each side alternately. Note: These are difficult to explain, so you should just watch the video linked above.
These will only be possible if you have already mastered the front lever. This means keeping your body in a straight line from head to toes, and rotating to it be as close to parallel with the floor as possible. Hold this front lever position as you perform your pull ups. Note: Work up to a front lever by beginning with your knees tucked into your chest, rather than having your legs fully extended.