by Joe Howard – Pull-ups work three main big-muscle groups at the same time: your back, shoulders, and arms. Most men cannot do a pull-up, and for 97% percent of the female population it’s a no-go as well. It’s NOT an easy exercise and requires a lot of upper body strength.
Rather than a modified pull up — that is, one with less than your full weight — try this instead. Just hang on the bar but pulled up as far as you can, for as long as you can. Over time, that will build up your strength.
Don’t use momentum, use strength: it’s not a pull-up if you’re swinging and bouncing all over the place! Go with smooth, slow movements, as frustrating and hard as that is!
One more thing: Don’t worry about overhand or underhand – they both are great for you and your body!
Joe Howard is our sales consultant from The Fitness Connection, which supplied equipment in the Health Club.