Everyone loves showing off at the gym with some pulls ups. Some gym-goers even incorporate pull-ups or chin-ups into their workout routine to actually build muscle; what a concept! 

Whatever the reason is for wanting to do your first pull-up or chin-up, it can be frustrating when you just can’t seem to get this movement down. You’re feeling stuck, but you’re not ready to give up just yet. 

Luckily for you, below, we’ve laid out everything you need to know about how to get your first pull-up or chin-up. So, what are you waiting for? 

Preparing to Get Your First Pull Up

Most of being able to do your first pull-up is actually in the preparation. Multiple factors contribute to your ability (or inability) to do a pull-up or chin-up. These include bodyweight, strength, and dedication to practicing. Below we will discuss all three. 

Body Weight and Pull-Ups 

As you can probably assume, the more you weigh, the more difficult achieving a pull-up or chin-up will be. Because of this, one of the most important steps to preparing for getting your first pull-up in the books is maintaining healthy control over your diet. 

By eating a nutrient-rich diet that is composed of lots of low-calorie/high volume foods, you will quickly find that your body is transforming. While it can become unhealthy to focus too much on your intake, considering balance as you choose your meals is a healthy way to monitor your nutritional needs. 

In addition to diet, consuming enough water and sleeping soundly are both key to weight loss. Continue your workout routine. Your body will reward you for making these changes. 

Strength and Pull-Ups

I don’t mean to point out the obvious, but strength is a huge contributing factor in whether or not you are able to do a pull-up or chin-up. Of course, you can’t expect to walk into the gym on your first day and miraculously be able to do a pull-up or chin-up. 

You can, however, put in the work and build your strength with proper protein and water intake and workouts that focus on progressively overloading your muscles. Over time, you will achieve your goals. 

Focusing on your “pull” exercises will make getting your first pull-up or chin-up much more doable. You will utilize your back and arms in these exercises, and you will strengthen your ability to do a pull-up or chin-up quickly. 

Dedication and Pull-Ups

Being dedicated to your cause is the only way that you will achieve your goal of doing your first pull-up or chin-up. Consistent hard work does pay off. But, patience is key in this process as well. This patient consistency is what dedication is founded upon. And, with dedication, you can make anything happen.

After following this advice, you will no longer be stuck on pull-ups. Getting your first pull-up or chin-up will not necessarily be easy, but it will be possible. With dedication, strength, and the proper body composition, you will achieve this goal. So, let’s get lifting!