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What Would Happen If I Did Pull-Ups Every Day?

The go-getter attitude is awesome! We love your enthusiasm but this is also a cautionary tale of too much of a good thing is not a good thing. Here’s what’s up.

Think about it this way. If you’ve never done a pull-up, or are just getting back into the swing of things you’ll want to take it slow. If someone runs or jogs everyday after getting off the couch the likelihood of injury is much much higher. The same holds true for pull-ups. 

And here comes the follow up question: If I can’t do them everyday then what should I do?

We’d recommend 2-3 times per week with a day or two in between efforts. Be sure to include as much pushing & pressing as you do pulling to compliment the opposite side of your body. This will make you well rounded & balanced.

Progressions are also a great way to get into pull-ups. Ring rows & banded pull-ups are a fantastic segway into proper pull-up technique. They allow you to accumulate the volume that builds strength over time, not just hitting hard from the outset. 

Consistent efforts over the long-term, not max efforts one or two times will pay massive dividends. Again, a running analogy. If you run a mile for time everyday you will eventually peter out & get tired because you are overtrained. But if you slow down every once in a while, build the aerobic base, that mile time will improve down the road. 

Long story short, you can do pullups everyday but you’ll probably get tired, possibly become injured & sideline yourself without making much, if any progress. Stop. Slow down. Build the technique over time & the strength will come. 

Happy Training!!

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