A Greater look into why Pull-Ups are Important
12 years ago, when I just started doing sports, my very first exercise was the pull-up. Since then, I have taken part in numerous Calisthenics competitions, won first, second and third places and even was a judge of several international Calisthenics events. So, I have all the reasons to say, I THINK that the pull-up is the best exercise everybody should master first!
Take it from me, I am a professional Calisthenics athlete.
I see a lot of newbies in the gym every day, who start their fitness off doing machine exercises, rows and etc. Then there are plenty of guys, who can do a pretty badass deadlift but are not able to complete 5 or 10 clean pull-ups.
From my point of view, the pull-up is a basic bodyweight exercise, which must be mastered first. Many of us skip pull-ups because they are so difficult to do. But their difficulty is an indicator of how beneficial they are. I started doing sports in 2009 and I had never ever done a single repetition of a deadlift till the end of the 2017. Then when I tried that exercise for the first time in my life, I managed to lift 170 kgs just because my body (my lats and my arms) were ready for this long ago.
THE BENEFITS OF DOING PULL-UPS
- Grip strength
Pull-ups train your grip like nothing else. They help you develop powerful forearms as well as finger strength too. Strong forearms will provide you with better coordination and control when lifting weights, riding a bike etc.
- Build core strength
Yes, you do use your core muscles while doing pull-ups.
- Boost you cardio
Pull-ups can improve cardio of done in multiple sets with short rests.
WHAT MUSCLES DO YOU USE DURING PULL-UPS?
- Latissimus dorsi (lats)
It’s a muscle group, which benefits from doing pull-ups the most. Yeah, if you want build a wide back, start doing pull-ups first!
- They are found in the back which is next to the latissimus dorsi muscles. Since they support the lats, they also get a great workout from pull-ups.
- Pectorals and abdominals
They are also used to stabilize your core and steady your body.
- Arm muscles
Biceps, forearms and even triceps are engaged in that movement. So that you can bend your arms at the elbow and get that lifting motion needed for a pull-up.
So, If you want to start your fitness journey or improve your body, look good and have an overall strength, you don’t necessarily have to buy a gym membership. You can just start with pull-ups first. Trust, you will like the result!
You can get a simple pull-up bar at your local store or from amazon.
Safety is a big concern.
Make sure you get a wall mount Pull up bar.