You do pull-ups, you do chin-ups, but have you done towel pull-ups? They are mixture of both and a great way to exercise the muscles in your forearms and hands.
Bigger Forearms, Stronger Handshake
The hand position of a towel pull-up is a mixture between the pull-up and chin-up, so the biceps / back involvement ranges between those two.
What they also do is give your forearms and hands a lot of work – it takes a fair amount of effort from them to hold on to a towel while pulling yourself up. This makes them a great choice for those of you who practice martial arts, rockclimbing, wrestling or simply want bigger forearms or a handshake to crush walnuts with.
How To Do Towel Pull-Ups
If you don’t have a pull-up bar that is no problem, as there are tons of possibilities to improvise one.
When To Do Them?
As said in the video, they make a nice finisher for days when you train your back and biceps together. At the end of those workouts, both will be quite exhausted and you may get a little bit more work out of them by letting them share the task.
Not For Beginners!
I consider towel pull-ups an advanced form of pull-ups and you should incorporate them into your workouts only after you are able to do at least seven full pull-ups. Before that, your forearms and hands should get enough exercise from regular chin-ups and pull-ups.
Picture courtesy of Andrew Malone.