Primal Essential Movement: Pull-Up

Not everyone loves doing pull-ups, but they’re an essential part of the Primal Blueprint Fitness program. Nothing trumps them, and there’s no true alternative to them you can cling to. The fact is, you could spend years training with lat pulldowns and bent over rows, but they’ll never match the strength-building capacity of pull-ups.

Push-ups don’t ask you to handle your entire body weight; you’ve always got your feet on the ground, taking a load off your upper body. Pull-ups, on the other hand, force you to manipulate the entirety of your body weight. In our distant (and not so distant) past, the ability of a human to pull his or her own body weight up and over cliffs, branches, vines, and trees was crucial for his or her success and survival. Likewise, we modern humans must be able to manipulate our body weight on the vertical plane if we want to call ourselves physically fit. Training pull-ups are the most effective ways to develop that ability.

Today I’m showing you four pull-up progressions with tips on form and assists that will get you on your way. Check it out.

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