Everyone should want to know how to do more pull ups.
Pull ups are easily one of the the best exercise you can do. You don’t need any weights. You don’t need any bars. You don’t need any fancy-schmancy gym membership. They work nearly the same amount of muscles that the big lifts (squat and deadlift) do and they will do wonders for your performance on the field/court/track.
Seriously, what’s not to love?
Who can benefit from learning how to do more pull ups?
Like I said already, everyone. Pull ups are the best indicator of mass specific force right behind sprinting. Pound for pound, the people who can knock out 20+ pull ups without missing a beat are going to be the strongest people in you gym or on your team. I don’t care if you can squat 600+ pounds. If you can’t get at least 15 pull ups (GOOD, full, non-kipping pull ups) then your strength isn’t well rounded.
Why should I want to learn how to do more pull ups?
Again, because pull ups are one of the best indicators of mass specific force. Unless you’re a power lifter (strong as hell but also big as hell, ie fat) getting a 500+ pound bench and 800+ pound squat/deadlift has no carry over into your sport or life. For the everyday person who wants to look good nekkid and school some folks during flag football on the weekends pull ups are an easy and effective means to those ends.
If you have problems with actually sticking to a training plan you can use their ease and versatility to your advantage. Anything from a propped open door to a tree branch to the outstretched arm of a really strong dude is all you need to be able to knock out a few pull ups. Add in some push-ups and sprints and you have a full body workout that you can do forever, with minor tweaks, and always see results from it.
How to do more pull ups
Now the good part, how to actually do more pull ups. My favorite trainer from America’s Hat (also known as Canada to some people) just released a training program based entirely around pull up and push ups. I had to opportunity to test out some of her methods and it got me to the point where I could knock out 20 pull ups, perfect form, at the drop of a hat.
Here’s how I know it’s a great program though. Shawna, who is almost twice my age, can knock out 25+ pull ups and 100 push ups like it’s nothing. My best numbers are the 20 pull ups and 95 push ups.
It’s safe to say she’s tested her methods on herself and has proven them over and over again. Check out her training program here, it’s a doozy and will have you knocking out more pull ups in no time.