Pull-ups are an exercise that’s been around since the beginning of time it seems due to the simplicity of it. Plus, not only does it only require a bar to hang off, but it also has numerous benefits which is part of what makes them one of the most useful exercises you can do! Even though we’ve only listed out the 5 benefits of pull-ups, there’s so many more that this list could’ve gone on for a while.
#1 Powerful Grip
Depending on the sports and hobbies you are into such as mountain climbing, CrossFit, ultimate fighting, and pickle-jar opening, a powerful grip will be your best friend throughout these tough pleasurable activities
Unsurprisingly, one of the best ways to greatly improve your grip is to do pull-ups. Since this power exercise has you lifting weight – your entire body- while hanging from a bar, a significant part of the stress will be concentrated on your palms and fingers – all parts of your hand.
If you’ve ever struggled with weight, than you know just how stubborn it can be to stick around. One thing many people don’t know about pull-ups is that they can help you lose the stubborn fat around your waist – and in general of course!
#3 Will Tone Your Back
When strength training our backs are often the most overlooked muscle group. However, a strong back is crucial whether you’re a sportsperson or have a job that does not encourage too much physical activity
Pull-ups are one of the best exercises for this purpose, as they stimulate all of the major core and back muscles. Even just a couple of them a day is sure to strengthen your back significantly over a fairly short period of time.
#4 Improve Mood
The fact that exercising can improve one’s mood isn’t ground-breaking. However, with pull-ups you get a double bonus. It’s exercise but will also help improve your posture which also helps you feel better and even more confident – which again isn’t groundbreaking but is worth noting.
Pull-ups are, therefore, a way to go if you have problems with your mood on a day to day basis. They combine the usual mood-improving benefits of exercising and the sense of pride and comfort that you get from boasting a correct posture. What’s not to love?
#5 You Can Do Them Anywhere and Anytime
Another great aspect of this upper body exercise is the fact that it can be performed literally anywhere there’s a bar. At the gym, at a playground, or with at-home equipment such as the Pull Up Mate. You don’t need an elaborate setup or any additional gadgets to prop you up.
Plus, there’s also a variety of ways to do them. A quick search online or on YouTube and you can find a variety of pull-up exercises to help diversify your workout so that you don’t get bored or lose the benefits of pull-ups.
Ally Gonzales is the founder & editor-in-chief of RunningSoleGirl. Along with blogging she is also juggling attending college and majoring in Exercise and Sports Science with a Sports Management minor.