It’s true that certain exercises have magically benefits that can have a rapid impact on your performance, shape and fitness level. Pull ups are one of those magical exercises that you should incorporate into your regular exercise routine. Pull ups are one of the hardest exercises available, and that’s what makes them even more special and worthwhile. When you master your own body weight by doing pull ups, you have achieved excellent strength in your upper body and abdominals.
Work your upper body – biceps, triceps, lats
During a pull up you’re forced to pull up your own body weight, you are using all the strength you’ve got in your upper body – arms, wrists, shoulders, back and abdominals. This exercises helps these muscles to not only grown and develop, but also to make them stronger. Just because someone has big muscles doesn’t mean that they are really strong. Remember appearance isn’t everything. Pull ups however will give you both the strength and the look you are after in your upper body.
Give you defined abdominals
Take a look around at the people who are including pull ups into their exercise programs. Most of them will probably have better defined abdominals than those on the floor doing hundreds of crunches. Save your time and instead of doing 100 crunches or so, try and do 10 pull ups. As you pull yourself up you have tighten your stomach muscles to give you more strength, this move challenges them and works them much harder than any type of sit up.
Build superior upper body strength
Someone who can do 15 pull ups is in pretty decent physical shape. It’s no trouble doing fifteen bench presses or biceps curls or even lateral pull downs, but managing 15 pull ups on your own is a huge challenge and one that you should be proud of. You’re not only developing upper body muscles but you are increasing your upper body strength. Most people’s lower bodies are much stronger than their upper body, doing pull ups will help even this out.
Pull ups are definitely not for the faint-hearted. If you’re a beginner take it easier. Include them into your program and try to do them at least 3 times per week. In your first session you might only be able to do 1 pull up, that’s fine. The next session you’ll manage 2, than 3 and so on, until you are doing 15. For proper form, it’s best to get the advice of a personal trainer at your local gym. Get them to show you how it’s done and help you achieve your desired fitness goals. Make pull ups your friend.