I’ll never forget the first time I hung on a bar, thinking that it couldn’t be THAT hard to pull myself up. Then I tried lifting my body, and I literally didn’t move. From that moment on, I was determined to get my 1st pull-up, and I have a feeling many of you are in the same boat that I once was. That’s exactly why I’m here today to show you exactly how I got my first pull-up!
For what felt like foreverrr, I used an assisted pull-up machine at my gym, but I felt like I wasn’t making any real progress. I became frustrated and that’s when I realized that I needed to completely switch things up. As Einstein said, the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. He was definitely onto something! 😉
So from that moment on, I completely stopped doing pull-ups. Instead, I solely focused on 3 exercises, which I show in this video!
One thing before we get to the video – I’m not a trainer or fitness professional by any means, so I’m technically not recommending anything in this post or video. Be sure to consult a trainer to be sure that you’re using proper form.
And now, onto the video! I can’t wait to hear that you got your first pull-up!
How I Got my 1st Pull-up
To sum up the exercises that I show you in this how I got my first pull-up video:
- Shoulder Shrugs – this was my weakest point in my pull-up, so I worked on these as often as possible. I focused on bringing my shoulder blades back and together and keeping my elbows in.
- Negatives – I jumped up to the bar and released down as slow as I could manage, especially through the end. If needed, you can do these with your feet on the ground, keeping as little weight on your feet as possible, and really focusing on controlling your upper body.
- Holds – These are tough and something that I worked up to, so don’t be frustrated if you can only hold for a second to start. To do this, I jump up and hold my body at eye level with the bar, then hold my arms at 90 degrees, and finally I hold with my arms almost fully extended, but my shoulders still locked and back. I’ve worked my way up to 30 seconds total, 10 seconds in each hold. If needed, you can do these with your feet on the ground, keeping as little weight on your feet as possible, and really focusing on controlling your upper body.