So a question that I get a lot from gym peeps and people that are wanting to get in shape is "How do I get to a point where I can do more pull-ups". So I usually tell people to start where ever you are. Don't jump onto the bar and just expect that you are going to just knock out 50 pull-ups just because your friend has a similar build and can do a ton of pull-ups (side note don't compare yourself to anyone, the only comparison you should make is between you and yesterdays you! #EverydayGettingBetter). Who knows he/she may have started doing pull-ups earlier (more practice of course). In regards to pull-ups practice makes better. One theory is the more you run the more you run. You don't just start out at 3 hour marathon time you work your way towards it and the same goes for your Pull-ups. You don't just start out at 50 pull-ups unless you are a genetic freak. Pull-ups are one of the best upperbody exercises to build strength, add definition and add the nice hour glass shape for the ladies and nice lat with for the guys. I have listed a couple ways to modify and build your way up to doing more pull-ups. Also, just say No to Kipping Pull-ups please. You can build muscle more effectively through maximizing your range of motion with standard pull-ups and the modified options listed below.
Inverted Rows/Inverted Pull-ups
How To Do It:
Using the Smith Machine
Assisted Machine Pull-ups
The assisted pull-up machine uses counterbalance weights, which means the higher the weight you set the machine, the easier the exercise becomes. Set the weight to 20 pounds less than your weight, complete three to five reps, and then adjust the weight accordingly. For instance, if you weigh 130 pounds, set the machine to 110 pounds.
Here's how to safely use this machine.For traditional, lat pull-ups:
Hopefully the information that was provided was of some help. I have attached a quick Instagram video that will hopefully guide and motivate as you continue to be awesome on your fitness journey.