• I can never do a pull-up

    I can never do a pull-up…..
    I can never do a pull-up…………

    Getting stronger takes time. It doesn’t happen in the snap of a finger.

    If you’re a beginner to training and everything it’s a lot easier to gain strength because everything is new. But the more you advance the longer it takes to build up your strength.

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    But the thing about strength is that you can build it.

    For instance two of the best and hardest body weight exercises out there are push-ups and pull-ups. These two are especially hard for women. Or so they have been told that these exercises should be harder; since women are supposedly weaker in the upper body.

    Not really though.

    All it really takes is some focused training.

    Push-ups is something that we have done in our training programs since we started our training programs. It’s easy to implement. You don’t need any equipment or anything.

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    If somebody cannot do a push-up we have a series of regressions a person can do in order to move up to a full standard push-up.

    But the most important thing is practice. Practicing perfect reps perfectly and consistently.

    The same thing with the pull-up. The pull-up is basically the squat of the upper body. The squat is known as the King of all exercises. A lot of people consider it a ‘leg’ exercise. But the fact is its a whole body movement, especially as you move up in weight.

    Same thing with the pull up. Although it’s not really a whole body exercise since the legs are out. But all of the major muscles of the upper body and being used.

    We recently started adding pull-ups into the mix because we started introducing a fitness testing system known as FitRanX. For the past 6 or so years in our training program we’ve just relied on different types of rows, dead lifts and pulls to train the posterior upper body.

    IMprovement warrior fitness- fitranx testing

    And there are a few regressions and progressions you can do to get to a full pull-up. Which I will discuss in a minute.

    But first, back to practice. And the practice of strength.

    You see everybody can get stronger and eventually do a perfect strict hanging pull-up.

    However, if you start with the idea of ‘I’ve never been able to before, so I never will be able to now’ mindset then you are correct— you never will do a pull-up. Strength can be built around any type of body, but being a body weight exercise it makes it a lot easier to do the lower your body fat percentage is and the higher your lean body mass is; that is going to be related a lot to nutrition and the practice of strength and fitness: something that I discuss here in this post with our 3 phase testing.

    Now the things you can do to build up. Down below is a series of videos to help you get to a full pull-up and beyond.

    YOU CAN DO IT!

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