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I love Pull Ups

Pull ups have been part of exercise programs for hundreds of years.

In recent days they've been neglected, but I'm noticing that they're slowly beginning to work their way back into workouts all over the world.

I've always loved to do "pulling" exercises. When I was a kid, I was nicknamed "Monkey Boy" because of my ability to climb trees so fast. We would have races and I would literally meet the people halfway up the tree, but I would be already coming down and they would only be 1/2 of the way up.

It is no surprise then that I'm pretty good at them. They are a tremendous strength builder in my areas, and you can perform a variety of different exercises with them.

What Do Pull Ups Strengthen?

When doing these, you will strengthen your upper back, lats, biceps, shoulders, forearms, hands, abs, and even your lower back a little.

You can vary which of these muscles will get the brunt of the workout by changing your grip or the position in which you do them. For example, if you do them with your palms facing your head, you work your biceps more than your back. If you do it with your palm facing outward, it emphasizes your back more than your biceps.

Also, a good thing to remember is that the closer your hands are together, the more emphasis is placed on your biceps. The farther your hands are apart, the more your back comes into play.

Why I Love Pull Ups

I love doing them because, well, they're fun to do! I also think they're great because anybody can do them. If you aren't strong enough to do one in the beginning, you can hold onto the bar, jump, and lower yourself down as slow as possible. These are called "negatives" and can build tremendous strength on their own if done properly.

You can also do partial-reps to make them easier if you can't go down all the way. This will let you do more of them and give you the strength to be able to do them full-ranged.

If you're already strong and you're looking for a challenge, you can do them one-armed, weighted, in a wider position, or even do leg raises while doing them! You can even switch to doing them while climbing ropes!

These are absolutely amazing for developing mind-body connection and enhancing your mental strength. Believe me; pulling yourself up one more time when you don't think you have any strength left is one hard task to accomplish.

I also love them because they can be done pretty much anywhere. I've done these at my house, at friend’s houses, on walks with my girlfriend, on tree limbs, and a lot of other places where I found something that was stable enough to support my bodyweight.

Pull ups are one of the best back exercises in the world. The fact that they're fun and can be done almost anywhere just makes them that much better.

Pull Up Hiking In The Woods

It's no surprise then that I'm pretty good at them. They are a tremendous strength builder in my areas, and you can perform a variety of different exercises with them.

What Do Pull Ups Strengthen?

When doing these, you will strengthen your upper back, lats, biceps, shoulders, forearms, hands, abs, and even your lower back a little.

You can vary which of these muscles will get the brunt of the workout by changing your grip or the position in which you do them. For example, if you do them with your palms facing your head, you work your biceps more than your back. If you do it with your palm facing outward, it emphasizes your back more than your biceps.

Also, a good thing to remember is that the closer your hands are together, the more emphasis is placed on your biceps. The farther your hands are apart, the more your back comes into play.

Why I Love Pull Ups

I love doing them because, well, they're fun to do! I also think they're great because anybody can do them. If you aren't strong enough to do one in the beginning, you can hold onto the bar, jump, and lower yourself down as slow as possible. These are called "negatives" and can build tremendous strength on their own if done properly.

You can also do partial-reps to make them easier if you can't go down all the way. This will let you do more of them and give you the strength to be able to do them full-ranged.

If you're already strong and you're looking for a challenge, you can do them one-armed, weighted, in a wider position, or even do leg raises while doing them! You can even switch to doing them while climbing ropes!

These are absolutely amazing for developing mind-body connection and enhancing your mental strength. Believe me; pulling yourself up one more time when you don't think you have any strength left is one hard task to accomplish.

I also love them because they can be done pretty much anywhere. I've done these at my house, at friends houses, on walks with my girlfriend, on tree limbs, and a lot of other places where I found something that was stable enough to support my bodyweight.

Pull ups are one of the best back exercises in the world. The fact that they're fun and can be done almost anywhere just makes them that much better.

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Back Exercises
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Isometric Exercises
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