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How to build strength to do pull ups? I can't even do one pull up an I don't know how to increase strength to do it?

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Dr. Susan Arnoult
Family Medicine

In brief: Start slowly

Pull-ups are a difficult and complex exercise.
I would start by doing push-ups - once you can do 20-30 regular pushups (not "girl" push ups) then start working on "diamond" push ups (put your hands close together on the floor so the fingers make a diamond). Build up on how many of those you can do. Then move to supported pull-ups (with a chair underneath your feet). Keep working at it!

In brief: Start slowly

Pull-ups are a difficult and complex exercise.
I would start by doing push-ups - once you can do 20-30 regular pushups (not "girl" push ups) then start working on "diamond" push ups (put your hands close together on the floor so the fingers make a diamond). Build up on how many of those you can do. Then move to supported pull-ups (with a chair underneath your feet). Keep working at it!
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