Tuck Front Lever

Transform Your Body With Tuck Front Lever – The Ultimate Core Builder

Are you tired of the same old ab exercises that leave you feeling bored and unmotivated? Are you ready to take your fitness to the next level and build strong core and powerful arms? Look no further than the tuck front lever. It’s a great skill for transforming your body and pushing your limits.

The tuck front lever will shape and define your core, creating lean, toned abs that will turn heads.

But it’s not just about looks – a tuck front lever is also a powerful tool for building strength, improving your posture, and boosting your overall fitness.

So let’s get started!

What is a tuck front lever?

Tuck front lever is a bodyweight skill. It’s performed by holding onto a pull up bar, or some other piece of equipment like rings. You hold your body parallel to the ground with your knees tucked toward your chest.

It’s an advanced calisthenics skill that needs a lot of strength. It’s not suitable for beginners. You will have to work for a while to be able to pull it off. If you are patient and work on it for some time, you will eventually be able to do it.

How To Do A Tuck Front Lever


You can do the tuck front lever on a pull up bar, gymnastics rings, or dip bars. The positioning will be the same regardless of the equipment. It will be explained how it’s done on a pull up bar.

Grab a pull up bar with your hands a bit wider than shoulder width. Your palms will be facing away from you. This is called an overhand grip. This is the same grip you will be using when you are doing pull ups.

You will have to rotate your body at your shoulders. It will be easier to do if you pull your knees towards your chest. As fast as you pull your knees to your chest the easier it will be.

The easiest way that works for me is quickly pulling my knees to my chest and at the same time using momentum to rotate under the bar.

Rotate your body until you are hanging upside down while holding onto a pull up bar. Then slowly let your upper body rotate at your shoulders. Rotate until your upper body is parallel to the ground.

Keep your knees tucked.


When you reach the position with your upper body parallel to the ground, you are in the tuck front lever position. Your body will be in this position while hanging from a bar with your knees tucked.

Hold for as long as you can.

Main benefits

Tuck Front Lever

Tuck front lever hold is a skill that comes with a few benefits like:

  • Improved upper body strength: When working on this skill you will gain significant muscle strength. It will work your core, arms, upper back, and shoulders. In time your muscles will get stronger. After a while, you will be able to hold this position longer.
  • Transferable effects: When you work on this skill for a while, your strength will increase. You will be able to use this newly gained strength when working on other skills like the planche, pull ups, handstands…
  • Sense of accomplishment: When you are able to do the tuck front lever it will make you feel like you have accomplished something of value. As already mentioned, it will be one of the milestones in your front lever quest.
  • Improved balance: To keep your body in this position without wobbling you have to balance your body parallel to the ground. This will help you improve your balance over time.

Tuck front lever muscles worked

The tuck front lever will make your entire body tense. Your upper body muscles will have to endure most of the load.

Tuck front lever hold muscles worked:


  • Latissimus dorsi
  • Rhomboid
  • Teres minor
  • Rear deltoid
  • Abs
  • Triceps


  • Chest
  • Lower back
  • Forearm muscles
  • Glutes


You can’t just jump into doing this advanced skill without any preparation. It’s not suitable for beginners. It will require preparation that will be done over time. Here are the prerequisites for this skill:

  • Core strength: You will have to work on your core strength well before you are able to pull off the tuck front lever. If you are just starting out, you will do the easiest exercises and work your way up toward harder skills along the way. As you improve your core strength, you will be able to use newly acquired strength in other exercises as well.
  • Shoulder stability: You need to have stable shoulders to control the lever. Having stable shoulders will help you avoid the risk of injury.
  • Shoulder strength: This skill will require strong shoulders. Your body will try to rotate at your shoulders while you hang. Gravity will try to pull your butt down toward the ground. Your shoulders will have to resist the strong force while you resist rotation.
  • Grip strength: To be able to hold your body in this position you will need to have a strong enough grip. If you work on pulling exercises like pull ups and chin ups, you will increase your grip strength over time.


There are various equipment choices when you want to work on the tuck front lever. You may use a pull up bar, rings, or any other piece of equipment you can hang from. If you don’t have any special equipment at your disposal, you can use a tree branch or anything else you can find to hang from.

Equipment choices:

Tuck front lever progression

Tuck front lever hold is a skill found in a front lever progression. It’s one of the hardest skills in this progression. So, you will need to invest a significant amount of time to get to the required level. You will have limited harder variants once you master this skill.

Here are some of the easier exercises you can try:

Those skills are just a sample of all the skills you will master when you go through front lever progression each step at the time.

When you master this skill, you can try some harder skills like:

To avoid injury it’s recommended to work on a progression step by step. You can check each step you can do in a complete front lever progression.

Key takeaways

The tuck front lever will help you improve the strength of your core, arms, and back muscles.

The strength you gain with this skill will also help you with other skills and progressions. It will also improve your balance.

Once you reach the necessary level and finally do it, it will give you a great sense of accomplishment. Enjoy your newly acquired skill – tuck front lever hold!

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