Category Archives: Pullup Exercises

What To Do When You Can’t Hold A Flexed-Arm Hang

QUESTION: I just came across your website last night, and I’m having a little trouble understanding something. I’m a big guy (big enough I’d rather not say!) and I came across your site because I’m sick of waiting to lose weight to try to get my first pull-up. I’d rather not keep my strength goals… Read More »

Pull-ups VS Rows

Are pull-ups or rows better for back development? Which exercise should you focus on? Everyone involved in fitness should be performing some kind of upper body pulling exercises. Pull-ups and rows are two of the staples in this category. And for most people, doing a combination of pull-up exercises and rowing exercises is better than… Read More »

7-Point Pull-ups For More Strength & Control

If you want to get really good at pull-ups and chin-ups, you need to be able to control your breathing, movement, and structure throughout the full range of motion. Now, a good rule of thumb for most strength exercises is that you should be able to stop at any point in the range of motion… Read More »

Beyond Pull-ups & Chin-ups: What’s Next?

Pull-ups and chin-ups are great exercises. But eventually, you’ll need to move beyond them if you want to keep making progress in your fitness training program. So, if you’ve gotten really good at pull-ups and chin-ups, what’s next? Here are some ideas of what to do after you’ve mastered this exercise. 1) Use New Grips… Read More »

5 Smart Steps to Your First 1-Arm Pull-up

The Definitive Guide to Working up to Your First One-Arm Pull-up Safely and Efficiently, Including 1-Arm Pull-up Training Prerequisites, Prep Strategies, Exercise Progressions, and the Keys to Long-Term Success Last year, I worked up to my first-ever one-arm pull-up. It was a long, slow journey marked with many ups and downs in progress. But I… Read More »

Shoulder Pain And Pull-ups (Q+A)

Note: this is one post in a series on Pull-ups and Pain. QUESTION: Hello John, Thank you for the post. In most cases when I perform a pull-up, I get a shoulder pain. Any thoughts on preventing the pain? -Saad. ANSWER: First, read this article that I wrote about pull-ups and elbow problems. Much of… Read More »

Pull-ups For Beginners: The Definitive Guide to Doing Your First Pull-up

Step-By Step Beginner Pull-up Exercises, Progressions, and Training Tips To Get Your First Pull-ups, Chin-ups, and Beyond Who wants to get their first perfect pull-up? YOU DO! Whether you’re almost there or can barely even hold yourself on a bar, this is the LAST first pull-up guide you’ll ever need. Here’s What You Need To… Read More »