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Tips For How Women Can Build Up To Doing Pull Ups

Exercises like pulls up can be really challenging as they work a large proportion of upper body muscles. The main force behind the pull up originates in the back. In this exercise, the wide back muscle, the latissimus dorsi (lats) and the trapezius muscle, which carries and moves your shoulders, feel the greatest impact.

The trapezius muscle is located in the middle of the upper back and has – as the name suggests – a trapezoidal shape. So, the lat and the trapezius muscles bear the main load of the pull-up.

The lat and trapezius muscles are supported by the arms, particularly biceps, as well as the shoulder muscles and the large and small chest (or pectoral) muscles. 

To do a pull up, start with a simple passive hang. This will get your shoulders and grip used to being on the bar, an important starting point for pull ups. Once you’re comfortable here, move on to jumping pull ups; these focus on the negative, or lowering, movement, which works all the major muscle groups and can be adapted as you progress.

As you move forward with this exercise, make the lowering movement slower and slower, so your muscles work even harder.

Instead of going from 0 to 100 and attempting a pull up right away, try building up the strength in your arms, back and shoulders over time.

Freeletics have developed a beginners training plan to do pull ups in just 4 weeks

ATHENA

Week 1: 
Day 1: Strength Assisted Pull ups – Light band2 reps x 3  
Day 2: Hypertrophy  Jumping Pull ups6 Reps x 3
Day 3: Hypertrophy  Shoulder Pull ups12 Reps x 3  
Day 4: Recovery  Jumping Pull ups1 Rep x 6 
Day 5: StrengthAssisted Pull ups – Medium band4 Reps x 3 
Day 6: Hypertrophy Incline Rows10 Reps x 3 
Day 7:  GOD

METIS

Week 2: 
 Day 1: Strength   Assisted Pull ups – Light band 3 Reps x 3
Day 2: Hypertrophy  Jumping Pull ups6 Reps x 3 
Day 3: Hypertrophy  Shoulder Pull ups14 Reps x 3 
Day 4: Recovery  Jumping Pull ups1 Rep x 6 
Day 5: Strength  Assisted Pull ups – Medium band 5 Reps x 3 
Day 6: Hypertrophy Incline Rows12 Reps x 3 
Day 7:  GOD  

AGON

Week 3:  
Day 1: Strength  Assisted Pull ups – Light band2 reps x 3 
Day 2: Hypertrophy  Jumping Pull ups 6 Reps x 3 
Day 3: Hypertrophy  Shoulder Pull ups12 Reps x 3 
Day 4: Recovery  Jumping Pull ups1 Rep x 6 
Day 5: Strength  Assisted Pull ups – Medium band4 Reps x 3 
Day 6: Hypertrophy  Incline Rows10 Reps x 3
Day 7:  GOD 

ARES

Week 4:  
Day 1: Strength  Assisted Pull ups – Light band3 Reps x 3
Day 2: Hypertrophy  Jumping Pull ups6 Reps x 3 
Day 3: Hypertrophy  Shoulder Pull ups14 Reps x 3 
Day 4: Recovery  Jumping Pull ups1 Rep x 6 
Day 5: Strength  Assisted Pull ups – Medium band 5 Reps x 3 
Day 6: Hypertrophy Incline Rows12 Reps x 3 
Day 7:  GOD 

  

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