As I finished off my workout today, I felt great – as I usually do – except I was SUPER sore in my lower lat area today.
Not that I did anything out of the ordinary (for me, at any rate). ‘Twas the usual hill climb – or should I say “climbs” – followed by pull-ups and dips – 100 of the former, and 50 of the latter, and I was done.
But I did something just that little bit different today.
As I was doing my pull-ups, I saw a guy struggling to do the same exercise.
To his credit he wasn’t flailing around wildly – or kipping – or doing any of the crazy things that guys often do when it comes to pull-ups just to “get the numbers” (and neither was he attempting to “show off” in front of the babes, hehe).
He was doing everything right, but there WAS one detail he was missing – something I mention in the pathbreaking “Pull-ups – from DUD to STUD within a matter of weeks” – that something being he wasn’t GRIPPING the bar correctly.
Second, he wasn’t lowering down all the way – which is again contrary to lot of popular advice telling you not to do it – and yet this is the very reason he wasn’t being able to get (to) that first rep.
I’ve mentioned the story about the movie I once saw on the sales page for the aforementioned book. I’ve spoken about how the guy went slowly, methodically, and RYTHMICALLY up and down – EACH muscle in his back standing out in stark contrast as he completed each rep, and then slowly pulled up for the next.
That image stuck in my mind at the time I saw the movie – and it’s STILL there in my mind as fresh and clear as if it was yesterday – and so, and given everything I talk about on the importance on having a CLEAR, WELL DEFINED IMAGE in your mind of what you want to accomplish in any endeavor – – is it any surprise that I personally bang out each and every one of my 100 or so daily pull-ups this way?
I think NOT, and therein lies a lesson in itself.
But it’s not the lesson I want to impart today – that being – pull – and do so from the lats, NOT the arms!
When you go into the dead hang position, you do NOT just stop “an inch or so” short of full extension.
If you feel pain – or niggles when doing the full extension – chances are this means you’ve got weak tendons/ligaments somewhere throughout the chain and you don’t just ignore them – you STRENGTHEN them – the right way!
And once you’re truly in a dead hang, you “feel your lats”, as I’ve written about in the course.
Done correctly, you should feel the pull all the way down from your armpits to the very “sides” of your body – right where the lower lats “insert” into your sides, and if you do it correctly you’ll know what I’m referring to.
Chances are excellent and second to none that this area is a weak area in your body – and chances are also excellent and second to none that if you’re weak in this area, you haven’t been doing very many pushups – and getting good at those FIRST – before attempting the pull-ups!
Well, my friend, I’ve spelt out two very important tips on getting better at pull-ups right here in this email. I’ve actually even mentioned the third – and for those of you that have been paying attention, you’ll know what it is hehe.
For more such tips that’ll get you knocking out dem pull-ups like a true PRO – click on over right here – https://0excusesfitness.com/pull-ups-from-dud-to-stud-within-a-matter-of-weeks/
Well, my friend, that is it for now. Write back and let me know how today’s workout went!
P.S. – Also remember that you build a base before attempting to erect an skyscraper. You build a foundation before setting up a solid structure on it. Yada, nada schnada, and the very same thing holds true for pull-ups – an advanced and nigh marvelous exercise, but you gotta build the foundation first – and the way you do it is with the exercise right HERE – https://0excusesfitness.com/0excusesfitnessystem/