Pull-Ups build a strong back and biceps, and they even help create healthy shoulders. But for aesthetic reasons, athletes tend to focus on the pressing exercises—ignoring this critical exercise.
Here’s the problem: too many athletes don’t do Pull-Ups because they cannot perform them. They shy away simply because the exercise is tough. And if they’re forced to do them, they gravitate toward the assisted pull-up machine or use a resistance band to help themselves do more reps. This becomes a crutch and does not provide any long-term benefit.
Here are a few exercises that will help you do more Pull-Ups, along with couple of workouts designed to create a stronger back.
If you want to get better at doing Pull-Ups, you need to practice them. There actually is some technique to this exercise.
- Grasp the bar with a grip slightly wider than your shoulders.
- Face your palms away from you and wrap your thumbs around the bar.
- Lower yourself all the way down until your arms are fully extended—no bent elbows.
- Without swinging, pull yourself up until your chin clears the bar.
- As you pull yourself up, concentrate on drawing your shoulder blades together and having a big chest to activate your back muscles, not your arms.
- As you lower, focus on spreading your shoulder blades apart.
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