If you are anything like me, then pull ups are SERIOUSLY challenging and leave you avoiding the pull up bar like the plague! Unfortunately, pull ups are to the upper body, what squats are to the lower body.
There are 6 great reasons why it is important to add pull ups to your workout routine:RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
2. Improved grip strength – having a strong grip helps with all weight training, pull ups emphasize your grip and over time helps you to lift heavier weights.
3. Increased functional strength- the pull up involves virtually every upper-body muscle that lies between your waist and neck (13 to be precise!) making this a compound exercise which will increase your overall functional strength.
4. Posture- like I stated in reason 1, pull ups will help you develop a strong core and back, which will make it easier to stay in a more vertical position.
5. Atoned/defined physique- The pull-up primarily targets your latissimus dorsi (lats) the biggest muscle group in your upper body. This is the muscle, that when developed, gives us men that desired ‘V’ shaped look. It will help your shoulders look bigger and your waist smaller.
6. Bragging rights!
Doing any amount of pull ups requires not only physical strength, but mental strength… feel badass! The following workout is designed to attack your back at every angle.
You’ll work for one hour using a numerous amount of grips and hand positions, complete as many reps as possible with little rest in between sets.
If you’re unable to do more than one or two reps at a time, try using a pull-up machine, a band, or a box for assistance. There’s no shame—everybody has a starting point.
Wide-grip pull ups- 4-5 sets of 25, 17, 15, 12, 12 reps
Pull ups- 4-5 sets of 15, 15, 15, 12, 12 reps
V-bar pull ups- 4-5 sets of 15, 15, 15, 12, 12 reps
chin ups- 4-5 sets 20, 17, 15, 12, 12 reps