TechGenix FitITproNews

Vol. 03, #20 - May 22, 2019 - Issue #0085

FitITproNews: The challenge of doing pullups

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Editor's Corner

This week's newsletter will be short because I'm doing some presentations so my time is restricted. But not too restricted to keep up my exercising early mornings! And speaking of exercising, how many of our readers like doing pullups?

I don't. Because they're hard, expletively hard to do. 

Which is what this issue of FitITproNews is about. I'll share a few tips I've gleaned from other sites on how you can learn to do pullups properly so you can benefit from doing them. 

Cheers!
Mitch Tulloch, Senior Editor
FitITproNews.com

Disclaimer: I am not a certified fitness professional or nutritionist so take any suggestions made here "as is" with a grain of salt and a heaping supply of your own judgment. Please read our full disclaimer at the bottom of this newsletter.  


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Oh, those [expletive deleted] pullups!!!

This article on Greatist, a site for millennials, caught my attention recently:

Why Are Pull-Ups So MF'ing Hard? (Greatist)

https://greatist.com/fitness/why-is-a-pull-up-so-hard-and-how-can-i-do-one

Why am I reading an article on a site that targets a millennial audience? Because even the young sometimes know stuff that old and wise people like myself don't know or have forgotten. Fortunately I haven't forgotten what it felt like to be young so I'm open to learning just about anything from almost anything -- with a grain of salt of course.

Anyways, the article suggests that it's not just strength you need to perform pullups easily, but smart strength. You need to know what all the different muscles in your body are, and what they each excel at doing. Especially the various manifold sundry muscles that make up your shoulders, arms and back.

You also need to know how to properly set yourself up for doing pullups. How high the bar should be, how you place your hands, probably even how you breathe while you're performing them.

And you need to prepare yourself by doing other different kinds of exercises to build strength in the muscles most important for doing pullups: the lats, tris, and pecs mostly, but also some of the smaller shoulder/back muscles like the Teres Major, Infraspinatus and Teres Minor. See this article for more info:

Which Muscles Are Used During Pull Ups? (LIVESTRONG)

https://www.livestrong.com/article/35203-muscles-used-during-pull-ups/

Your lats (Latissimus Dorsi muscles) are especially involved in doing pullups, so you need to find other exercises that can help strengthen them if you want to master pullups. Doug Brignole, a former Mr. America Winner and a specialist in exercise biomechanics, came up with an exercise that effectively targets the lats and I talked about it back in January.

Anyways, I encourage you to get a pullup bar like this one and try learning how to do pullups. You'll reap big benefits from this exercise, and it'll push you to build more strength overall which will reap further benefits down the road of your fitness journey. 

Just don't pull a muscle in your back by trying to do them without warming up or gradually working into doing them. Read the Disclaimer in this newsletter! 

Happy exercising.

P.S. Here's one more site that might be useful for learning pullups. I haven't checked it out but maybe some of you readers can and can share if you learn anything helpful from it -- email me at [email protected]



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About FitITproNews

FitITproNews is the only weekly newsletter in the world that is entirely devoted to helping IT pros get fit, lose weight, and live happily ever after as they face the daily stresses and workload of being in the gristmill of the IT profession. FitITproNews is brought to you by TechGenix and is created each week by the same all-star editorial team that brings you WServerNews, the world's longest running IT pro newsletter focusing on the administration, management and security of the Windows Server platform in particular and cloud solutions in general. Subscribe to FitITproNews today! And while you’re at it be sure to also subscribe to our other TechGenix newsletters such as our Weekly IT Update and Spotlight Articles!

Editorial Team

Mitch Tulloch is Senior Editor of FitITproNews and is a widely recognized expert on Windows Server and cloud technologies. He has written numerous articles and whitepapers and has authored or been series editor of more than 50 books for Microsoft Press. Mitch also successfully made the transition from being a typical "fat IT pro" to becoming fit by losing almost 50 lbs through a combination of resistance training, cardio exercises, and proper nutrition. Mitch's passion with FitITproNews is to help other IT pros do what he has been able to accomplish by sharing his personal story and lessons learned.

Ingrid Tulloch is Associate Editor of FitITproNews and was co-author of the Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking from Microsoft Press. She is also Head of Research for our content development business and has co-developed university-level courses in Information Security Management for a Masters of Business Administration program. Ingrid is also committed to personal fitness and is a believer in clean eating and proper supplementation for optimal health and longevity.

Mitch and Ingrid are also the editors of WServerNews, a weekly newsletter from TechGenix that focuses on the administration, management and security of the Windows Server platform in particular and cloud solutions in general. For more information about Mitch and Ingrid see their website.

Disclaimer

This newsletter is designed for informational purposes only and the health and fitness information presented in it are based solely upon the personal experience of its editors and of any guests or readers who contribute content to it. Nothing in this newsletter is intended to be or should be construed to be professional medical, fitness, or nutritional advice. Always consult a physician or other health care professional before starting an exercise or nutrition program to determine if it is appropriate for your personal needs. Do not follow any of the suggestions in this newsletter if your physician or other health care professional advises against doing so. If you are exercising or dieting or taking supplements and experience any dizziness, faintness, pain, or shortness of breath, you should stop immediately and seek medical help. The use of any information presented in this newsletter is solely at your own risk.

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