Many believe the pull-up to be a sign of true athletic ability. Adding pull-ups to your training regimen doesn’t involve any fancy equipment because they use your own body weight for resistance. Brothers Danny and Al Kavadlo take the traditional pull-up to a whole new level in this short video promoting non-gym exercise.
It’s clear that pull-ups work out the biceps and triceps, but did you know that they also condition the shoulder, back and abdominal muscles? Regular pull-ups (you know, the kind that don’t involve circus theatrics!) can be extremely difficult, but the physical benefits far outweigh the challenge. Benefits include:
- Greater upper body strength
- Greater core strength
- Greater endurance
- Improved posture and balance
Pull-ups should be added to any athlete’s or fitness buff’s regimen, but due to safety concerns, I highly discourage you from trying a scaffolding workout of your own at home!
I don’t recall very many people from my high school gym class that were able to do more than one or two pull-ups. A lot of otherwise fit athletes can’t even do them, simply because they’ve never taken the time to train properly. To get started on your journey to pull-up success read The Hard Road to the Unassisted Pull-up.