One can derive a lot of benefits from hanging exercise on a pull-up bar, which may range from stretching the core back muscles to even increasing the height of an individual in some cases. Apart from the stretching the back muscles, hanging exercise is also beneficial in making you less prone to sporting injuries as it decompresses the spine and helps in correcting the posture. Hanging exercise also allows you to perform other bar exercises like pull-ups, chin-ups, and presses more fluently and efficiently.

Throughout the day when you sit in the office and use your arm for typing on the computer or moving some papers from one place to another restricts the shoulder and upper back mobility and makes them stiff, especially whenever you try to move the arm up overhead. A stiff back is always an annoying condition and can cause lots of damage to you both personally and professionally.

If you add hanging exercises to your daily workout routine, not only the back stiffness improves but it also is beneficial in improving your grip strength and overall core stability. There are different types of hanging exercises like straight arm hanging exercise and flexed arm hanging exercise, which have their own benefits like a flexed arm hanging exercise will help in strengthening the back and biceps muscles. A pull-up exercise on a hanging bar is much tougher exercise to do and it engages various muscles in the body all at once to move the body against gravity upwards. Thus, it is recommended that you master the art of hanging exercises before you attempt a chin up exercise with a hanging bar. In this article, we give a brief overview of the benefits of Hanging on Bar Exercise.

What are the Benefits of Hanging Exercise?

What are the Benefits of Hanging Exercise?

Hanging Exercise is Beneficial in Strengthening Hands and Wrist Muscles: This is the first benefit of hanging exercise. When you hang on the arm with a straight arm, then the hand and wrist flexors are at work along with brachioradialis and extensor carpi radialis muscles in the forearms and the deltoid muscles in the shoulders. Hanging exercise specifically targets the muscles that improve your grip strength, which is essential in many sporting activities and overall day to day affairs. If you have a strong grip then you will be able to hang on to the bar for a longer period of time and thus, stretching and strengthening the muscles more.

Biceps Strengthening: Hanging exercise is also beneficial in increasing biceps strength apart from increasing the grip strength. It also strengthens the stabilizing muscles of the upper back.

Trapezius Strengthening: Apart from increasing the grip and biceps strength hanging exercise also tends to increase the trapezius muscle strength if you perform a straight arm hang and shrug the shoulders to target the trapezius muscles.

Strengthening the Abdominal Muscles: In the same routine of hanging exercise, if you lift the legs in front of you and keep the knees straight then the abdominal muscles are targeted along with the hip flexors.

Benefits of Hanging Exercise in Increasing Height: Hanging on Bar Exercise in some cases has shown to increase the height of an individual. Hanging exercise puts a lot of stress of the body due to the gravity pulling the body down whereas you try your best to lift up the body. This causes the entire body to stretch and the spine gets elongated. This in turn makes a difference in height. This can be calculated by measuring the height before the exercise and measuring it again after the hanging exercise workout. This is yet another benefit of hanging exercise.

Written, Edited or Reviewed By:

, MD, FFARCSI

Last Modified On: April 20, 2017

Pain Assist Inc.

Pramod Kerkar
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