You've probably already read my other blog posts and videos that I have out there.
Our first video / blog post is on doing a 45 degree row. Our 2nd blog post / video is be doing a 90 degree row. Our 3rd blog / video is doing an inverted row.
When you do these 3 exercises you are going to be able to transition into actually doing full pull-ups.
However, there are a few things that you're going to have to understand about pull-ups.
Pull ups take a lot of upper body strength. So, if you're a female, unfortunately you're gonna potentially struggle more than a male.
However, if you watched and followed my first three exercises that I posted on YouTube, doing pull-ups will become easier.
If you can't do body weight pull-ups, than you’ll want to use a pull up assist band.
And, you may ask yourself "Is this going to add more resistance?" No, it’s actually the other way around. You're going to be getting more help with the pull-up.
Before we get into doing these, though, there's something you're going want to improve on.
The first thing is going to be your grip strength.
What I've done in the past to help people with their grip strength is that they just grab onto the pull-up bar and just hang. Pull your feet off the ground, and just hang until you can no longer hold on to the bar.
The more you practice this drill, the stronger your grip strength gets, the more comfortable you're going to be getting with pull-ups.
Assist bands could come in different colors & sizes.
Bands can range anywhere from as small as 1/4” thick, making pull ups more challenging or as large as 3”, making pull ups easier.
These bands can also be combined in order to create a combination that is easier to use.
To get this band onto your knee you're going to put this band down towards the bottom, until it’s tucked under your knee and onto your shin.
Once the pull up assist band is placed under your knee, than grab on to the pull-up bar and extend your elbows completely.
Place your other foot (the one without the band) on top of the leg that has the band. This allows for your feet to not dangle.
Now for some individuals this is a little bit tougher. What I recommend is doing what's called a NEGATIVE
Negatives are an eccentric movement that teaches you to slowly ease yourself down from the bar (with your chin above it) all the way down to where your elbows are fully extended.
Using a box or bench to help you get your head over the bar is also a great way to start learning how to perform a pull up negative.