Oh the holy grail of functional training, crossfit and general fitness badassery. The Pull Up. It took me 18 months to get to this point and even though it’s far from perfect, it’s damn awesome to pull myself up! Video is up on my IGTV.
Exercises to strengthen that back and those arms.
Do 3 sets of 10 to 15 reps
- Lat Pull Down
- Bent Over Rows
- Inverted TRX Rows
- Plank Hold
- Hanging Holds
- Negative Pull Ups
- Assisted Pull Ups
Time your Tries
Try and practice your unassisted pull ups at the BEGINNING of your workout. There’s nothing as discouraging as trying and failing when you’re feeling fatigued at the end of your workout. Rather start off on those pull ups, then rage out the frustration during the rest of your workout.
Set yourself a 30 day challenge. For 30 days, do the above exercises or track your different colour band assisted workouts. Write down the reps and see your strength improve on daily/weekly basis.
Patience with your body
It’s learning to do something incredible. Give it time. Wonderwoman didn’t become strong in one training session.
Don’t give up, persevere through that hard sessions and again, see if you can. Try and try again. If you don’t try you will never know. You have nothing to lose anyway by trying something new to strengthen your body.
Getting to that point is tough as hell, but just as rewarding. Don’t lose hope and practice them often enough. Challenge yourself and push those limits.
Lastly, I recommend watching Natacha Oceane ‘s video on Pull Up Progressions. Not only are her tips even better than mine but her form is fan-freaking-tastic.