Assisted Chin-up (low bar position)

Assisted Chin-up (low bar position)

The Assisted Chin-up (low bar position) is a challenging upper body exercise that primarily targets the muscles in your back, arms, and shoulders. This exercise is particularly effective in developing strength and definition in your biceps, lats, and upper back muscles. To perform this exercise, you will need a bar or a sturdy object that is low enough for you to hang from with your arms fully extended. The low bar position allows for proper form and engages the muscles in a more controlled manner. When doing the Assisted Chin-up, it is essential to maintain proper technique throughout the movement. This includes keeping your core engaged, shoulders relaxed, and focusing on pulling through your back and arms rather than relying solely on your biceps. To increase the difficulty of the exercise, try slowing down your repetitions or performing controlled negatives by lowering yourself back down to the starting position. You can also experiment with different grip variations such as wide or narrow, which will target specific muscles in your upper body. For those who are unable to perform an unassisted chin-up, the assisted variation is an excellent option to gradually build strength and work towards achieving full chin-ups. By incorporating this exercise into your routine consistently, over time, you will notice significant improvements in your upper body strength and overall fitness level. Remember to always warm up properly, listen to your body, and adjust the level of assistance to suit your current fitness level.


  • Start by placing a bar in a low position, about waist height or slightly lower.
  • Stand facing the bar, with your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Reach up and grab the bar using an underhand grip, with your palms facing towards you.
  • Hang from the bar, fully extending your arms and letting your body weight pull you down.
  • Bend your knees and cross your ankles, creating a stable base.
  • Engage your core and squeeze your shoulder blades together as you pull your chest towards the bar.
  • Continue pulling until your chin is above the bar, or as close as you can get.
  • Pause for a moment at the top, and then slowly lower yourself back down to the starting position.
  • Repeat for the desired number of repetitions.
  • Remember to maintain proper form and engage your muscles throughout the entire range of motion.

Tips & Tricks

  • Start with a manageable resistance band to assist with the chin-up motion.
  • Focus on engaging your back muscles, rather than relying solely on arm strength.
  • Maintain proper form by retracting your shoulder blades and keeping your core tight throughout the movement.
  • Gradually decrease the assistance of the resistance band as you get stronger.
  • Include exercises that target the muscles used in the chin-up, such as lat pulldowns and inverted rows, to build strength.
  • Incorporate variations of the assisted chin-up, such as wide grip or close grip, to challenge different muscle groups.
  • Ensure you are getting sufficient protein in your diet to aid in muscle recovery and growth.
  • Include exercises that target your biceps, such as curls, as part of your overall training program.
  • Listen to your body and allow for proper rest and recovery between workouts to prevent overuse injuries.
  • Consider working with a qualified fitness trainer to ensure correct technique and to progress safely.


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