The pull-up is one of the most difficult moves in the world of fitness. It separates the men from the boys and the women from the little girls. If you can't do a pull-up and are struggling just to hang from the bar, don't worry; you aren't alone. The majority of Americans over the age of 18 aren't able to do a single pull-up and the older you get, the less likely it becomes you'll be able to do one. The exact percentages aren't known, but I've seen it estimated that only 10% to 15% of men can do a pull-up, while a paltry 1% to 3% of women are able to do one.
Pull-ups are difficult in that they require you to pull the entire weight of your body up until your chin is above the pull-up bar. They work all of the muscles in your upper body that are responsible for pulling, including the biceps, back and the forearms. If you can knock out just one pull up, consider yourself in pretty good shape. If you're able to do 10 or more in a single set, consider yourself an elite pull-up athlete.
If you're one of the many people who have stepped up to the pull-up bar with high hopes only to have them dashed while your chin stayed well below the bar, the tip that follow may be able to help. We've looked high and low and have gathered 5 tips to help you improve your chances at finally making your way to being able to do the pinnacle of exercise moves.
#1: Gravity Sucks.
Unless you're richer than Tony Stark and can afford your own space shuttle or anti-gravity machine, gravity is reality you're going to have to deal with. Gravity pulls down on your body while you're attempting to pull your chin up and over the top of the bar. In the vast majority of cases, gravity wins, leaving you huffing and panting, unable to pull yourself to the top.