I wonder, if there's a way to work out the arms similar to pull-up exercise, but without using pull-up bars?

Indoor exercises are convenient. I could just do push-ups in the living room. However, there's no bar in my flat and also cannot use pull-up bars due to the limit of the doors. I'm afraid only doing push-ups will make my arms unbalanced developed.

Is there a way to work out those "pull-up muscles"?


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If you have a table, you can do inverted rows. Get into a lying position under the table, hands holding the edge of the table. Pull yourself up to the table and repeat. It's easier than an actual pull-up (in fact, it's usually recommended for people who can't do pull-ups yet), but it exercises many of the same muscles.

More information is available in How to Practice Pull-ups without Equipment on this site.

  • This movement sounds a little risky. Be careful.
    – rrirower
    Sep 25, 2014 at 14:34
  • True. It is important to ensure that the table is stable.
    – Sean Duggan
    Sep 25, 2014 at 15:28

It sounds like you're referring to doing reverse pull-ups to work the biceps. If so, purchasing a dumbbell set would provide you with more opportunity to expand your workouts. Additionally, exercise bands can work for you. If your budget is a concern, then, find a heavy can of food that you can grip with your hand. That's a free substitute for a dumbbell.

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