A Comparison of Muscle Activation during the Pull-up and Three Alternative Pulling Exercises

  title={A Comparison of Muscle Activation during the Pull-up and Three Alternative Pulling Exercises},
  author={Jennifer K. Hewit},
  journal={Journal of Physical Fitness, Medicine \& Treatment in Sports},
  • Jennifer K. Hewit
  • Published 2 November 2018
  • Education
  • Journal of Physical Fitness, Medicine & Treatment in Sports
The pull-up is primarily an upper body exercise used to train the muscular endurance or muscular strength components of fitness. This challenging exercise requires the participant pull their entire body weight from a dead hang using only their upper body musculature. Many individuals struggle with being able to complete one repetition (rep) as well as increasing the maximum number of reps they are able to complete. As a result, training for improved pull-up performance can be quite frustrating… 

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