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At the start of lockdown, two essential items were at the top of everyone’s shopping list: toilet paper and pull-up bars. The demand for the latter, we assume, was built on the belief that we’d soon be fighting each other for even more loo roll in some kind of Mad Max-style, double-ply dystopia. It made sense.
As a result, they sold out almost immediately, leaving most people to embark on push-up challenges and bicep curl their Charmin multipacks. But now they’re back on the (digital) shelves, and you finally have the opportunity to tackle one of the most impactful and challenging home bodyweight work-outs around. So what do you need to know? And how far can pull-ups alone get you?
To answer those questions and more, we enlisted the help of personal trainers James Stark, co-founder of Starks Fitness, and Jonathan Taylor, creator of the 12-week Reboot Plan.
How far can pull-ups alone get you?
“When it comes to building strength for the upper body there really isn’t another contender for the most all-around movement,” says Stark. “The military and special forces still use pull-ups as a test of strength to ensure you are able to pull yourself and sometimes also a load of your kit.
“With activation of so much muscle, you can develop a pretty awesome physique if you nail the technique and make sure you supplement the training with the right nutrition. It’s no wonder they are often described as the squat for the upper body.”
Source: How Far Can Pull-Ups Alone Actually Get You? - Esquire