5 Reasons Everyone Should Be Able To Do 5 Pull-ups
Let’s face it; pull-ups are tough, which is why we often avoid them in the gym. However, there are many reasons that everyone should train and be able to do at least 5 of them. Here are some of those reasons.
Pull-ups are the optimum of full body strength. So many organizations (i.e., Military, Fire, Police, etc.) use them on their fitness tests because of what it means about your physical fitness and health to be able to do them.
It means you have strength in your body that not everyone has…but really should. I’m not going to go through how to do Pull-ups, Chin-ups and everything in between, but really WHY everyone should be able to do them.
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5 Reasons Everyone Should Be Able to Do 5 Pull-ups
Reason #1: They’re a Full Body Workout
If you are doing full pull-ups or chin-ups there are some specific muscles that have more tension, but it’s truly a full body workout.
Pull-ups require stability and strength throughout your entire body that will get you feeling it all throughout. Doing 5 Pull-ups works more muscle per move than doing 4-5 times this number in squats, push-ups and sit-ups.
Essentially, a pull-up also requires your body to do a plank, so you get all around core strength and stability workout as well since you must keep your legs locked while pulling your entire body up over a bar.
That’s a huge full body strength move. I’ve seen people who just do bar work get into incredible shape all throughout their body.
Reason #2: They Will Make Your Back Strong As Hell
One of the many issues that people have with their health is with back pain. This can be from a multitude of reasons, but Pull-ups can turn this around.
Major muscle groups they work are your upper back, as well as your core. Strengthening bothwill lead to less back pain, better mobility, better long term health.
Reason #3: Improved Posture
If you sit at a desk for the majority of your day, more than likely you have bad posture. Even if you don’t have bad posture, chances are it is not great.
Pull-ups can help with that. Because of the movement involved and the strength gained in your back, it starts to fix your posture.
Remember, you are basically doing a plank standing when doing pull-ups which improve stability throughout your entire body and really work hard on your posture. The more you do pull-ups, the better all around form you will have, leading to less pain and better posture.
Reason #4: They Improve Climbing Ability
You may not be a climber, but there are a lot of situations that you could be put in one day that will require the strength and stability to climb.
If you don’t have this it could even mean an end to your life. Doing 5 Pull-ups not only is better all around strength, but you are specifically working on the ability to climb over walls and pull yourself up out of dreary situations.
No one wants to be caught in the zombie apocalypse and not be able to get out of harms way.
Reason #5: They Make You Mentally Tough Like A Zen Warrior
There is a lot of mental fortitude and focus that goes into lifting your entire body up and your chin over a bar. If you are truly focused on that and especially doing 5 of them, your focus goes up in all areas of your life.
It will help you be able to focus better on your goals and plans not only in fitness, but on other things you need to accomplish in life. If you can get those 5 pull-ups, really how much harder is getting that promotion, or hitting that deadline.
As you can see these are just 5 reasons to start practicing and doing pull-ups today! If you are just getting started, don’t worry you will get there; keep pushing.
Keep moving forward and pushing that strength, health and wellness!
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Anthony is the head trainer and owner of Brood 9 Martial Arts. martialarts.brood9.com