Have them get a rope and tie it to something heavy (car tire loaded with heavy object/s), then pull it like a sled. This is a form of equipment, but without some form of equipment the quality choices are very limited. Also, why just a pull and no push, you really should work opposing muscles for more balanced development. If your clients come to you for training and the added benefit is fitness, some investment (equipment) should be required. Just my.02…good luck.
Yes, of course equipment makes life easier. But then “easy” isn’t what T-Nation is all about, is it?
Now don’t get me wrong on this one: I do have kettlebells, dumbbells, ropes, rubber bands and medicine balls lying around at the dojo. However, here, I’m looking spcifically for a “pull” exercise with no equipment whatsoever. I’ve got my reasons, one of them being the fact that quite frankly I find it embarrassing as a trainer to know, like, only one single exercise that matches that criteria.
The next reason - as mentioned before - is that I want my people to be able to do that exercise anytime, anyplace, so they could for example follow CW’s “Big Back, Big Chest, Real Fast” programm, replacing pushups for [insert an appropriate pull exercise here].
As for the “push” exercise, yes, of course, we do plenty of them. But I could name like hundrets of them, with and without equipment at any point of progression, that’s why I asked for a “pull” exercise.
Besides, “push” and “pull” are not the only patterns. There’s no much more like “stand up”, “roll in”, “twist”,… you could then start to differ between “vertical push/pull” and “horizontal push/pull”, etc.
What I need, is a bodyweight only, no equipment whatsoever needed “pull” exercise at a moderate intensity.