Resistance Bands for Chin-Ups and Dips

Are you having a hard time performing chin-ups or dips? Use resistance bands ... simply wrap the band around the pole on one end and your knee or foot on the other and voila! Band-assisted chin-ups and dips are excellent for beginners, females, and/or over weight individuals. The bands also act like an extra set of tendons/ligaments and are great for those experiencing joint problems - in addition to the added security they offer, the bottom range tends to be less stressful on the joints (particularly the shoulders) with bands. Of course, you can alter the resistance by using different bands, or make the exercise more challenging by slowing down the eccentric action and reducing the plyometric effect. I learned this technique from the late Dr. Siff and have used it successfully with my clients for many years. Visit my website for illustrations.

About The Author

John Paul Catanzaro is a certified kinesiologist and professional fitness and lifestyle consultant with a specialized honours Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology and Health Science. He owns and operates a private gym in Toronto, Ontario providing training and nutritional consulting services. For additional information, visit his website at or call 416-292-4356.

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