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Pull-ups are a fantastic exercise that target your upper body strength, but they can be challenging, especially for beginners.

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Here's a breakdown of how to do a proper pull-up:

Starting position:

  1. Find a pull-up bar with a grip that feels comfortable for you. A wider grip (hands wider than shoulder-width) will target your lats more, while a narrower grip (hands shoulder-width apart) will focus on your biceps.
  2. Grasp the bar firmly with your palms facing away from you.
  3. Hang at arm's length with your body straight and core engaged.
  4. Scapular retraction: Squeeze your shoulder blades back and down, engaging your upper back muscles. This sets a strong foundation for the pull-up.

The Pull:

  1. Initiate the movement by pulling with your elbows, imagining bringing them down towards your hips.
  2. As you pull yourself up, focus on using your back muscles, not just your biceps. Keep your core engaged and maintain a straight body position throughout the movement.
  3. Pull yourself up until your chin clears the bar.

Lowering yourself down:

  1. Slowly lower yourself back down to the starting position in a controlled manner. Don't just drop down.

Here are some additional tips for beginners:

  • If you can't do a full pull-up yet, don't worry! There are progressions you can try. You can start with dead hangs where you simply hold yourself up at the top position for as long as you can. Then, work on assisted pull-ups using a resistance band or pull-up assist machine to take some weight off your body.
  • Focus on form over reps. It's better to do a few pull-ups with proper form than many with bad form.
  • Make sure you're warmed up before attempting pull-ups to avoid injury.

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