Education • May 19, 2015

5 reasons why pull ups are epic!

5 reasons why pull ups are epic!

Pull up is an amazing single movement that can rock your entire upper body. The pull up is a compound exercise and it’s important because it targets multiple muscle groups and triggers a release of growth hormone. The pull up is without a doubt the ultimate measure of upper body strength and it is one of the basic exercises that you need to master if you wish to progress into the advanced movements.

So why are pull ups so epic?

Work multiple muscles at once

Pull ups work your biceps, back and core in one movement!

Pull ups are a compound exercise, which means they work multiple joints and muscle groups at once. This enables you to build muscle and strength way faster than if you were working each of these muscles individually. As mentioned, in the appropriate variations of the pull up you can engage your core and save time on doing core-specific training.

Build your strength

Pull ups are a fantastic way to build powerful forearms and grip strength. This will let you perform more repetitions and it will also help to prevent injuries and speed up recovery time if injuries do occur.

Grow and strengthen your upper body

There is no other excise that will make your upper body grow like pull ups will. Pull ups do a great job of targeting the back and biceps, they engage the dominant back muscles including the traps, the lats, and the rhomboids and are one of the best ways to measure the upper body strength.


You can find a bunch of pull up exercises in the Madbarz workout app for iOS and Android where you can track your progress and statistics. And it's completely free!


Many variations

There are many variations of the pull up that can be progressed, regressed and performed without equipment simply by widening or narrowing your grip on the bar.

Shred the fat

To get the most out of your pull ups, decrease the time in-between sets or super set your pull up with another exercise – this will boost your weight loss. You may consider the pull up a strength exercise rather than a fat-burning activity. But muscles consume more calories than fat, even when they’re at rest.

Now get up and do some pull ups! ;)

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  • Dario Velez 0 workouts (level 1)
    Supersets would be good to have in this app November 11, 2015
  • Bilal Bernardot 109 workouts (level 41)
    would be nice if you included some of the pull up variations... November 10, 2015
  • komilfoo 24 workouts (level 8)
    That is something that should be included in the app. The chance to make supersets or circuits from existing routines. November 10, 2015
  • jordigl 10 workouts (level 4)
    I love doing pull-ups! June 10, 2015
  • vlick 0 workouts (level 1)
    always go for beast mode when i do it !! :D May 20, 2015