L-Sit Chin Up Video Guide

Exercise Profile

  • Strength
  • Bodyweight
  • Compound
  • Pull (Bilateral)
  • Advanced
  • Abs, Biceps, Shoulders, Upper Back
Lats Exercises Diagram Target Muscle Group

L-Sit Chin Up Overview

The L-sit chin up is a chin up variation that combines a chin up with an isometric hanging leg raise hold.

The pairing is best for those looking to build their lats and biceps while also providing an endurance challenge for the core.

L-Sit Chin Up Instructions

  1. Using a supinated grip, grasp the bar with a shoulder width grip.
  2. Squeeze the abs and raise the legs to 90 degrees.
  3. Take a deep breath, depress the shoulder blades and drive the elbows straight down to the floor while activating the lats.
  4. Pull your chin towards the bar until the lats are fully contracted, then slowly lower yourself back to the start position.
  5. Keep the legs parallel to the floor and repeat for the assigned number of repetitions.

L-Sit Chin Up Tips

  1. To decrease bicep involvement, use a false (thumbless grip).
  2. Try to keep a neutral head position (looking straight ahead or slightly up) as hyperextending the neck can lead to compensations throughout the spine.
  3. If the bar is high enough, keep the legs straight and in front of the body.
  4. Avoid falling into overextension of the lumbar spine by squeezing your glutes and bracing your abs.
  5. The chin up is completed when the lats are fully flexed, don’t continue pulling and compensate with the pecs.
  6. Keep your shoulders down and back, if they round forward at the top then you’ve pulled too far.
  7. A lifter’s segment length will determine whether or not they can actually get their chin over the bar, it’s not an absolute for everyone.
  8. Lower to almost full extension of the elbow but avoid locking out completely as this can place excessive strain on the ligamentous structures within the elbow and shoulder.
  9. If you can’t complete a single bodyweight chin up, start with slow negatives or flexed arm hangs at the top position.
  10. Ditch the straps and kips, neither one is necessary or recommended.