The pull-up is one of those movements that comes so naturally for some and is a constant struggle for others. But, no matter where you lie on the pull-up spectrum, there is always room for improvement.
Why should you do pull-ups?
Pull-ups are a great test of body weight strength. They work your grip, biceps, shoulders, and back. They also help improve general body awareness and help you learn to control your body through space. Pull-ups are the ultimate real-world upper body exercise.
Why do some people struggle?
Sorry ladies, the cards are sort of stacked against us! Women have a higher body fat percentage than men, which means that their strength to body weight ratio is lower. Women also don’t build muscle as fast which makes it more difficult – but not impossible!
Also, taller and larger people have a harder time with strict pull-ups. Smaller people generally have a slightly higher body weight to strength ratio than larger people. It often comes down to weight, levers, and physics.
The good news: You can still get a pull-up!
If you are committed to working towards it, there are many things you can do to work towards that elusive strict pull-up.
To kip or not to kip.
Why do we do the kipping pull-up? In any high-intensity training, we want to find ways that you can do more reps in a short amount of time to keep the intensity up.
However, if you cannot perform a strict pull-up, there is no reason to do kipping pull-ups in a workout. It’s just not safe! However, you can continue to work on the skill outside of workouts while you are developing your strict pull-up strength.
Improving on your strict pull-ups.
If you already have the foundation of a good strict pull-up, here are a few things to add to your routine that can help improve them even more.
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