Improving Pull Ups

By listedfit •  Updated: 11/22/12 •  4 min read

pull ups

If you are completely new to working out this can create a problem. Make doing sets of pull-ups a goal to conquer.


Pull ups, or chin ups depending on how you like to name them, are considered a core exercise for many training routines. As a back exercise for building muscle across the lats they are unparalleled. Many people believe that you can get everything you need in a back routine from using pull ups, deadlifts, and rows only.

But many people end up neglecting to do this exercise. It is difficult. Pulling your bodyweight up from a prone position is most definitely a test of strength. Of course, that is one reason why the exercise is so effective! With the growing popularity of things like CrossFit and adventure events like mud runs the need for this core upper body lift is increasing. Let’s look at the ways you can get better at it!

Ways to Improve Pull ups

To properly perform a pull up you need strong forearms, biceps, shoulders, and back muscles. If you are completely new to working out this can create a problem. But it should be looked at as a challenge to overcome. Make doing sets of pull ups a goal to conquer!






Assisted Machines

Personally I have never been a fan of the assisted pull up machines. While some people like them it seems to be too much of a crutch that uses the counterweight to almost push you up from the bottom after you start to pull. The overall motion does not feel that same and it makes it hard to focus on contracting the lats properly at the top of the motion.




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