If you can’t do a single pull-up right now then you probably find them quite intimidating and think that the idea of you being able to knock out 15 in a row is laughable!
The truth is though that unless you have an injury that prevents you from doing so, just about anybody has the ability to become great at pull-ups. And if you can you really should make the effort because the pull-up and all if it’s variations are amazing exercises that can transform your whole body.
Here are just a few reasons why pull-ups are so great:
- It is a major compound movement which utilises muscles in your back, shoulders and arms like just about nothing else
- It is super convenient, all you need is some kind of a bar and you can have an awesome and versatile workout
- It is great for your posture, which is really important for your overall health (and also looks great!)
- Because it is a bodyweight movement, you have a lower chance of injuring yourself than with other weighted movements.
- It has so many variations! With options like chin-ups, close grip, wide grip, weighted, muscle up, L-sit and many more, you will always be able to keep challenging yourself and progressing
If you can’t do a single pull-up right now, don’t worry. Everyone has to start somewhere and with persistence, you will soon be banging out multiple sets of pull-ups and reaping all the rewards of doing so!
If your gym has an assisted pullup machine this is a great way to start. Start with adding a supporting weight that is still challenging but where you can do 2-3 reps, reducing the weight as you progress. If you don’t have access to an assisted pull-up machine you can start off using a lat pulldown or something similar (but try to move onto using an actual pull-up bar as soon as you can).
If you don’t have access to any gym equipment and only have a good old bar, there are plenty of options for you still. You can start off with a jumping pull-up, where jump up and grab the bar, using your upward motion to help you complete the rep and get your chin over the bar. As you progress you can reduce the size of your jump until you no longer need it at all. You can also use a chair or other platform to stand on beneath the bar and use your legs to take some of your bodyweight, again reducing the amount of support you use each time you workout until you no longer need any support.
So what are you waiting for? Find your nearest bar and start incorporating pull-ups into your workout routine, you won’t regret it!