How to Do Towel Pull-Up: Muscles Worked & Proper Form

Towel Pull-Up exercise technique

Muscles Worked in Towel Pull-Ups

Muscles worked in towel pull-ups

Primary muscles worked:

Secondary muscles worked:

How to Do Towel Pull-Ups

  1. Lay a pair of towels over a pull-up bar. Grab one in each hand.
  2. Inhale and pull yourself up as high as you can.
  3. Exhale and lower yourself with control until your arms are fully extended.


The towel pull-up is a variant of the regular pull-up, which places extra high demands on your grip. In addition to training your back muscles and elbow flexors, the grip muscles in your forearms and hands will also get trained hard. An alternative to using two towels is to instead just put one long towel over the bar and grab it at each end. That will lead to a more narrow grip.

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