For those of you with super short attention spans, here’s a brief description of a pull up variation where the goal is to keep the torso as vertical as possible, only bringing the top of the head to the bar. Try keeping the forearms parallel to each other and perpendicular to the ground. Pull the elbows slightly behind the shoulders versus allowing them to pull foreword. Just be sure not to allow the front of the shoulder to roll forward at any point.
For those of you with slightly more patience, I’m performing this variation because it’s my current successful variation of a #pullup After my neck injury, my body did exactly what it is designed to do and created the most elaborate and complex compensatory patterns. This allows me the great privilege (and frustration) of watching every movement and asking myself two questions, 1. Is it painful in anyway? 2. Is there any noticeable compensation in the way that it feels or the way that it looks (hiking a shoulder, shifting towards one side, etc)? If the answer is yes, I regress. Sure it’s a hit to the ego, but it’s one way of helping to ensure you get to the thing that you love, longer. The best part is you have the rest of your life, so what’s the rush?