Breaking Down the Butterfly Pull-Up: The Pull
Written by Lindsey Johnson
What used to be very uncommon method of performing pull-ups – one that was only used by the elite athletes – has recently become one of the most frequently requested “skill help” requests at the gym.
How do I get butterfly pull-ups?
First, let me say that there is much more strain on the elbow and shoulder joints with the butterfly technique than with any other form of the pull-up. Before you attempt to learn the butterfly pull-up, be honest with yourself; if you still need work on your kipping pull-up or strict pull-up, please wait to work on the butterfly. Conversely, however, if you are very proficient with a kipping pull-up, and you’ve got 15-20 unbroken, we’re probably ready to give the butterfly a try.
Watch the video below first. In it we explain the first tool in the breaking down the butterfly pull-up. After the video, scroll down to see the still shots that show a little more detail.