6 Tips for Toes to Bar

Sunday, May 24, 2015 Stacey Baker 0 Comments

“Toes To Bar – 6 Tips For Beginners” by Dani Horan

Found this great article on T2B 
It was a good reminder for those who can alreay do them and a great tool for those who are learning.
1.  Start at the floor.  Work on perfecting the hollow and “Superman” positions.  Staying tight in these positions will allow you to transfer more power into the bar so you can move more efficiently.
2.  Take those two positions and put them together on the pull-up bar.  Practice transitioning between the hollow and Superman positions and get into a rhythm to perfect your kip.  If you start to flop around, take a break and get back to it.
3.  Work on your grip strength.  If your grip is giving out, you’re not going to last long.  You need to work on specific grip strength on the pull-up bar.  Simply hanging from the bar for time – 30 seconds is a great place to start – can address a deficiency.
4.  Knees up.  Work on knees to elbows.  This is a remedial/scaled version of the exercise that’s great for people with mobility issues as well as folks who just want a way to make the exercise easier and work on developing core strength.
5.  Activate your lats.  When you come behind the bar at the top,  focus on engaging the lats.  Push down on the bar and descend quickly.
6.  Work on small sets.  To develop your technique without ingraining bad habits, keep the reps low and focus on perfect form.  If you push until your form begins to break down/loosen up, or even until you fail a rep, you’re just making it harder on yourself in the long run.  Quality vs. quantity!
In addition to these tips, you might also want to work on your hip mobility during your warm-ups.  Stretch those hamstrings too!
Check out http://www.eattoperform.com/author/etp-james/ for more great info!