In our previous blog on good pull up technique, we agreed that the human body was designed to pull. If you think about the daily life of a caveman, for example, it’s pretty easy to imagine that he spent a lot more time doing pull up type motions than push ups (or bench presses…).
So why do we avoid pull ups like the plague in our modern workout programs? Simple. Because they’re HARD and that sucks. At least that’s what we think.
I’ll tell you a little secret: they’re not really hard, we just ignore them for so long that they BECOME hard.
Ever see kids on monkey bars? Yeah, pull ups don’t look so hard when you put it like that, do they?
So HOW can you work your way back up to that childhood ease when you can’t even do a full set of pull ups right now? The trick is to find a way to create “time under tension.” That’s just a fancy way of saying you need to figure out how to do longer sets — more reps.
Time under tension is one of the major factors in muscle growth and increased strength. But if you can only do one pull up — or none — it’s hard to get a lot of TUT, right?
Not if you CHEAT…
Don’t worry. It’s not like cheating on your diet or your wife… Watch the video and you’ll see what I mean.
See, it’s a GOOD kind of cheating! Using stretch bands allows you to extend your set and get more time under tension. And you can reduce the thickness of the band as you get stronger. THAT progressive level of resistance will only accelerate your progress.
So go ahead. CHEAT and grow strong.
Post to the comments and let us know how it worked for you.
And remember — no guilt!