A Progressive Path to Pull-Ups (Video)

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Drill 1: How long can you hang on the bar? Because if you can’t hang, the pull-ups are going to be kind of hard, don’t you think? See whether you can get yourself to hang on the bar for at least 30 seconds. Yes, just hanging there is surprisingly hard. So just hang every day as long as you can, until you can hang for about 30 seconds.

Drill 2: Flexed arm hang. Work on engaging those lats and keeping your shoulders nice and relaxed. You can do this with an assisted band, like in my video below.

Drill 3: Eccentric pull-ups. Lower yourself down nice and slow. We aren’t going for speed here but are focused on building more strength.

Drill 4: Jump-up pull-ups. Practice jumping up to that bar. It’s going to help give you the feeling of what the actual pull-up will look like.

Drill 5: Band-assisted pull-ups. Make sure to choose a band that isn’t too easy, but it provides enough assistance so that you can do at least five pull-ups all the way up and all the way down.