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Photo: Gorgev (Shutterstock) Pulling yourself from arm’s length up to a horizontal bar is a phenomenal exercise for your back, your arms, and your core. But there’s more than one way to do it, and I’m not just talking about the fact that “pullups” and “chinups” are technically two different exercises. There are countless variations to make the move harder, easier, or more interesting. Let’s dive in. Pullup (and chinup) basics A standard pullup is done with your palms facing away from you. Place your hands on the bar more than shoulder-width apart, then get into a “dead hang” where your arms and shoulders are stretched out long, your body dangling. Pull yourself up until your chin is over the bar, and there you are. A chinup is the same thing, except your palms are facing toward you. You’ll probably want a narrower grip for these. The start and end positions are the same, as is the fact that you’re pulling yourself up and then lowering down to the start to begin another rep. Chinups are slightly easier than pullups, so you may be able to do more reps, but otherwise they’re very similar exercises that work similar muscles. Some pullup bars also give you an option for a neutral grip, with your palms facing each other. You can also do pullups on gymnastics rings. Rings make grip a bit easier—you can rotate the ring as you move through the movement—but they’re harder to stabilize since the rings can […]