Many people struggle with this simple but effective exercise. In fact, a lot of people cannot even complete 1 full repetition. There are many reasons for this and in this article, I’ll show you how you can increase the number of you can do.
First of all, pull ups require strength in the arms and back so it’s important that you do exercises that will build these muscles if you are trying to increase the amount of pull ups you can do. People with little upper body strength will struggle with this exercise.
Do more pull ups
This may sound obvious but you’d be surprised at the number of people who want to increase their pull ups but hardly ever do them. You simply need to get busy doing them and in this process you will build the upper body strength necessary to do more. If you can’t do pull ups, you can do negatives. You do these by getting your chin over the bar and then slowly lowering yourself down. You can use a chair, ladder or whatever else you have handy in order to get your chin over the bar. The important thing is that you go down as slow as possible.
Are you overweight? It only makes sense that if you are having to pull up extra weight, you won’t be able to do as many pull ups as you should. Even if you are only 10 pounds overweight, this extra weight can hold you back tremendously.
Use your back
A lot of people try to use their arms when performing this exercise. This may seem like the right way to do them but your arms will burn out much quicker than your back muscles. The latissimus dorsi (back) muscles have more strength than the arms and if you focus on using these muscles, you will be able to accomplish more.