Chances are you have wanted to complete an unassisted pull-up or improve your pull-up performance. It is a valuable movement with tremendous upside for health and performance. It can also be an extremely frustrating movement when you struggle to complete it.
When I was younger, I struggled with pull-ups. I remember taking the Presidential Fitness Test and scoring in the top percentile of each physical test except pull-ups. It was not until I reached my 20s that I could complete unassisted pull-ups. It took plenty of training sessions filled with modifications to get me over the top.
The key to pull-ups is to treat them like a strength exercise.
Close your eyes and think about your favorite athlete. Think about your favorite athlete completing one of the signature plays or moments of their career. What do you see?
Some of the first things you might gravitate towards are traits of physical accomplishment. Did they change direction with ease, leaving a defender paralyzed? Did they move so fast or so consistent that it looked like they could go on forever?
Athletic feats are mesmerizing and, in one way or another, include traits we wish we could emulate. It might be the traits of power and strength. It might be a trait of discipline. It might be the body composition we associate with athletes.
You might feel like you are unable to be like an athlete due to being "too old" or "too creaky."
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