Suspension Self assisted Pull-up

Suspension Self assisted Pull-up

The Suspension Self-Assisted Pull-Up is a challenging exercise that effectively targets your upper body strength, particularly your back muscles, biceps, and shoulders. It is a variation of the traditional pull-up, but with the added support of suspension training equipment. This exercise is suitable for individuals of all fitness levels, as it allows you to adjust the difficulty by modifying the amount of assistance you provide yourself. By utilizing suspension training equipment such as TRX straps or gymnastic rings, you can engage multiple muscles while simultaneously improving your stability and core strength. The self-assisted aspect of this exercise allows you to gradually build your upper body strength, making it an excellent choice for beginners or those who are working towards a full unassisted pull-up. To perform the Suspension Self-Assisted Pull-Up, you will suspend the straps or rings overhead, grip them with an overhand grip slightly wider than shoulder-width apart, and position your body at an angle where you feel comfortable. Begin by fully extending your arms and then initiate the movement by pulling yourself towards the straps/rings until your chest reaches or nearly touches them. Control the descent as you slowly return to the starting position. By incorporating Suspension Self-Assisted Pull-Ups into your workout routine, you can efficiently improve your upper body strength, enhance your posture, and develop a well-rounded physique. Remember to maintain proper form throughout the exercise, engage your core, and gradually decrease the assistance provided as you progress. Consistency and dedication are key to achieving your fitness goals, so be sure to challenge yourself while maintaining a safe and effective workout routine.


  • Start by attaching a suspension trainer to a sturdy anchor point above you.
  • Stand facing the suspension trainer and hold onto the handles with an overhand grip, palms facing away from you.
  • Walk your feet forward until your body is at an angle and you feel a slight tension in the suspension straps.
  • Engage your core and activate your back muscles as you pull your body towards the handles. Focus on squeezing your shoulder blades together.
  • Lower your body back down with control, keeping tension in the straps the entire time.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.

Tips & Tricks

  • Focus on proper form to maximize muscle engagement and minimize the risk of injury.
  • Increase the intensity by adjusting the angle of the body. Start with a higher angle and gradually decrease it as you progress.
  • Engage your core throughout the movement to improve stability and control.
  • Use a controlled tempo during both the lifting and lowering phase for optimal muscle activation.
  • Incorporate variations like wide grip and close grip pull-ups to target different muscles.
  • Gradually increase the number of repetitions or decrease the assistance over time to progress your strength.
  • Ensure that you are properly warmed up before attempting this exercise to prevent strain or muscle pulls.
  • Take rest days in between sessions to allow your muscles to recover and grow stronger.
  • Include other exercises that target the muscles involved in pull-ups, such as rows and lat pulldowns, to build overall strength.
  • Maintain a balanced diet with adequate protein to support muscle growth and repair.


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