Get BACK to Basics…with Pull-Ups
Most everyone agrees that a wide, thick back will form an aesthetic, 3-dimensional type of physique that will turn heads. And yet, the back remains one of the most neglected male body parts.
Nothing beats the deadlift when it comes to thickening the back, but I want to focus on a key exercise that most of you are likely avoiding: the pull-up.
Pull-ups are a most effective, and yet, sadly, a most neglected back exercise. In gyms across America, chances are you will wait in line to use a lat machine, while the pull-up bar will remain devoid of all users. After all, how many people do you see in your gym actually performing pull-ups?
The reason that so many gym goers skimp on pull-ups is simple: pull-ups are damn hard, and we have egos! I remember that I couldn’t even perform a single pull-up when I first started working out. That’s pretty humbling! On the lat pulldown machine, however, I could churn out 10-12 solid reps using 100 + lbs. of weight, which was easier than struggling to do pull-ups and a helluva lot better for my ego.
But, unfortunately, ego does not build muscle!
I was not getting the results I wanted using the lat machine, so one day I finally accepted the fact that in order to build a wide, strong back, I was going to have to get back to basics, which for me meant doing pull-ups.
If you want the kind of physique that will turn heads, you must build a nice back, so get back to basics and start frequenting the pull-up bar. Pull-ups are not easy, but unlike a man’s ego, they will build muscle and increase your strength quickly if you stick with them.
If you’re like I was and can’t perform a single pull-up, try starting out with chin-ups (palms facing you); you’ll tone and strengthen your biceps, and you will steadily increase your back strength. If you can’t perform a chin-up, the assisted pull-up machine is another great way to form strength; just don’t become addicted to the machine! Remember that you must eventually get back to basics!
After a few months of doing pull-ups, you’ll discover there’s hardly anything better than sporting that much-coveted “v” tapered physique that will make your shoulders appear wider and your waist smaller.
By: Michael Aspiotes