Assisted Parallel Close Grip Pull-up

Assisted Parallel Close Grip Pull-up

The Assisted Parallel Close Grip Pull-up is a challenging compound exercise that targets the muscles of the back, biceps, and shoulders. This exercise primarily focuses on the upper body, specifically the lats and the mid-back muscles. The close grip position engages the biceps more actively, making it an excellent exercise for building upper body strength and muscle definition. To perform the Assisted Parallel Close Grip Pull-up, you will need a sturdy bar that allows a parallel grip with your hands close together, as well as an assisted pull-up machine or resistance bands. Start by grasping the bar with an underhand grip, with your hands placed slightly narrower than shoulder-width apart. Your palms should be facing towards you, and your elbows should be fully extended. Using the assistance from the machine or the resistance bands, slowly pull your body up while keeping your elbows close to your sides and squeezing your shoulder blades together. Aim to bring your chest as close to the bar as possible, then pause for a moment at the top of the movement. Gradually lower your body back to the starting position, maintaining control throughout the descent. The Assisted Parallel Close Grip Pull-up offers an effective way to build strength and develop the muscles of the upper body. As with any exercise, proper form and technique are essential for maximizing results and minimizing the risk of injury. Incorporate this exercise into your routine to enhance your overall upper body strength and achieve a more defined back and biceps.


  • Place an assisted pull-up machine in an upright position, ensuring that the kneepads are adjusted to a comfortable height.
  • Stand on the footrest and hold the parallel handles with your palms facing each other (close grip). Your hands should be shoulder-width apart.
  • Hang from the handles with your arms fully extended and your feet off the ground.
  • Engage your back muscles and pull yourself up by bending your elbows and driving them towards the ground until your chin reaches above the handles.
  • Pause briefly at the top of the movement and squeeze your back muscles.
  • Lower yourself back down to the starting position with control, ensuring that your arms are fully extended at the bottom.
  • Repeat the exercise for the recommended number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on proper form and technique to engage the targeted muscles effectively.
  • Incorporate a variety of grips (overhand, underhand, neutral) to evenly develop different parts of your back and arms.
  • Gradually decrease the assistance provided by the resistance band as you get stronger to challenge your muscles more.
  • Engage your core muscles by keeping your abs and glutes tight throughout the exercise.
  • Don't swing or use momentum to complete the movement; instead, perform the exercise in a controlled and deliberate manner.
  • Take a full range of motion by lowering yourself until your arms are fully extended and pulling up until your chin clears the bar.
  • Consider adding resistance by wearing a weight vest or holding a dumbbell between your feet to increase the intensity of the exercise.
  • To improve grip strength, incorporate exercises like farmer's walks, deadlifts, or forearm-specific exercises.
  • Include regular stretching and mobility exercises in your routine to maintain flexibility and prevent injury.
  • Fuel your body with a balanced diet, including enough protein, carbohydrates, and healthy fats to support muscle growth and recovery.


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