Struggling to master the unassisted pull-up? Here are four steps to get you there.
Q | I can’t do a pull-up yet, but I really want to get there. Where do I start?
A | Pull-ups are challenging for many people because they engage both large and small muscle groups — primarily your biceps, triceps, lats, and core.
“You’re pulling your entire body weight against gravity up to the bar,” explains Artemis Scantalides, NASM-CPT, personal trainer and co-owner of Iron Body Studios in West Roxbury, Mass. “You need to build upper-body and core strength to do pull-ups.”