How To Get Your First Pull Up?

Hi Friends of Oompf, it's Alvan here. Today we will be talking about working towards your first pull-up!

If you've been training for awhile now but can't seem to perform your first pull-up, this article is for you!

Doing a pull up is possibly one of the most difficult bodyweight movement for women to learn and although achieving a pull up may not be one of your fitness goals, they are actually an amazing exercise for back strength and endurance. Furthermore it can improve your posture, muscular development, and help you move more weight safely. However many of us get intimidated of the thought of attempting a pull up and failing and as a result we avoid the exercise completely. Well I'm going to share some tips that can help you gain confidence and achieve your first pull up!

1. Reduce your bodyweight

This may seem like a no brainer but a reduction in body weight will also mean that you will be pulling a lesser weight. Similarly, if you've just accomplished 1 pull up, you may notice that even a 1kg weight gain will make that pull up much harder.

2. Work on different parts of your back muscles.

Doing a pull-up requires a bunch of different muscles in your upper body so they best way to achieve that pull up is to strengthen each individual muscle instead of just thinking of the back muscle as a whole. Just to list a few, a pull up requires your middle and lower trapezius, rhomboids, pectoralis major and minor, deltoids, infraspinatus, latissimus dorsi, teres major and more. Hence incorporating different back/upper body exercises to target the different areas of your back is imperative if you are trying to get your pull up.

3. Work on pull up progressions

Dead Hangs/ Hanging Shrugs