The New York Times recently posted an article entitled Why Women Can’t Do Pull-ups (see here). In the short time since, I’ve already received emails from women asking for upper body alternatives to pull-ups. Most seem to be women who can’t currently perform pull-ups that were previously working towards them. They now question whether their efforts have been wasted based on the ideas presented within the NY Times article.
Such a response is unfortunate as I have personally helped many women work from zero pull-ups to several clean reps. Pull-ups are more than possible for men and women if they train properly for the exercise and remain consistent with their efforts. I am not suggesting that it is easy to perform pull-ups (for anyone), but that doesn’t mean the exercise should be dismissed entirely.
Unfortunately, the world seems to become softer each day. If something is hard, someone will surely tell you to avoid it. Pull-ups are the latest victim. Hopefully the videos below will help sway those who believe the bar is beyond them. As you can see, women performing pull-ups are not nearly as uncommon as some would like you to believe.
“If we all did the things we are capable of doing, we would literally astound ourselves.” – Thomas Edison