It shouldn’t be too difficult to notice that I’m a fan of pull-ups. As you can see, I’ve been known to do pull-ups almost anywhere. More often than not, you can find a place to perform the exercise. There are occasions however when you may not have any options. For instance, if you are traveling, you might not feel comfortable performing pull-ups from a hotel door. Fortunately, if you find yourself in that position, there are other options available. The portable pulling exercise that follows is a prime example.
Pulling On The Go
Many low-tech or home based workouts are rooted heavily in pushing. Push dominance typically originates out of convenience. Pushing exercises such as pushups and burpees can be performed anywhere without equipment. Quality pulling exercises aren’t as easy to find without free weights or a pull-up bar.
Fortunately, there is a useful option that you can pack with you wherever you go. All that you’ll need is a 41 inch resistance band and something that serves as a handle. In the video below, I use a piece of pipe. A more travel-friendly option would be a towel. The towel would also provide additional grip strength benefits.
This resistance band exercise is both convenient and effective. You won’t need much room to perform it and the benefits are impossible to deny. As for how much resistance is needed, I typically recommend a medium or large band. It is also possible to use two bands at once if or when you outgrow a single band. The exercise is more difficult than it looks though so I wouldn’t expect that to happen too soon.
Push and Pull
Another benefit of traveling with a resistance band is that it can be used for pushups as well. Simply loop the band around your back and through your hands and you have a challenging pushing exercise.
Resistance band rows and band resisted pushups can be combined for a convenient, yet effective upper body workout. These exercises can be performed virtually anywhere. You won’t need to worry about overhead clearance or a pull-up bar. You could literally perform these exercises on the side of a bed in a hotel room.
It is always useful to have quality pulling exercises available at your disposal. Just because you don’t have weights or a pull-up bar isn’t a valid reason to exclude pulling from your training. And even if you have access to those other tools, band resisted rows can still provide a useful challenge. With enough resistance, this exercise can quickly become an extremely challenging strength movement.
In summary, if strength is your goal, don’t limit yourself to pushing. Balance out some of that pushing by pulling hard and often. Not only will you prevent imbalances, but you will also develop a stronger and more capable body.
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