Just One Pull-Up: is it possible or Nah
So to start off, we're going to talk about if it's possible to do one pull-up at all.
A lot of you guys have come to me asking to do one pull-up as a final goal.
And it’s a very admirable and hard to be honest goal to get to, instead of it being a fantastic goal for you, we want also to make sure like all goals, this one is achievable.
Let’s ask ourselves:
is it possible to build enough strength to do a pull-up?
The answer is hell yes, it is.
We take a look at a study that indicates in theory, push and pull muscles in our bodies should be equal a one to one ratio. So that any amount of movement you do pulling your body off the ground is accomplished with your back muscles.
And you would test this by doing pushups since your back and your chest are the same strength you should be able to do.
If you can do one pushup, you can do one pull-up. However, this is not the case.
One study shows that most firefighters who have to stay in active shape, at least to maintain the strength they were accepted into the firefighter force with they have much more strong front bodies than you do in your back muscles.
Considering we only use about 80% of our body weight in doing a pushup and figuring that we’re using about 80% of our strength to do a pull-up because our back is 0.8, as strong as our front, we could guess we’re only, we need more than 125% of our back strength, pound for pound to do one pull-up.
If this is the case, then we have to strengthen our back muscles more so than our front in this video.
We’re going to talk about how to do that without using equipment to develop the strength, to use body weight, mechanics, to get stronger.
And it’s convenient. If you don’t have equipment at your house, what we will do is called the eccentric pushup. And here’s how we do it.