PULL-UPS are one of the best exercises to help strengthen and build the back and arm muscles. It's a measurement of ones true upper body strength. And while its one of the most beneficial exercises for anyone, it is also one of the hardest to perform. So how does one accomplish such an obstacle? My answer: Use Help and Practice, Practice, Practice! Here are two helpful tips that can get you started. 1. Avoid Machines. Machines balance the weight for you and force you into fixed motions. The strength you build on the Lat Pull-down and the Assisted Pull-up Machine won’t carry over to Pull-ups. Don’t use them. 2. Use Resistance Bands. Attach a resistance band to your pull-up bar and loop it around your knee. What’s the difference with the Assisted Pull-up Machine? Resistance bands only help you in the bottom position. You’ll have to do most of the work in the top of the movement. Assisted Pull-up Machines help you from start to finish.
Alex is an Elite Explosive Performance Trainer at Sport and Health RIO. A graduate from the University of Maryland, Alex studied Kinesiology and Psychology and went on to become a nationally accredited personal trainer from the National Academy of Sports Medicine.