The Fit Skool

by Kelly

Increase Your Pull Up Strength


So yesterday I decided to work on some pull-ups. I got in several great workouts this week so I was kinda questioning why I felt like working out again, but I was feeling good so I went with it.  As you may know one of my goals (new years resolutions) is to get stronger and complete more Pull Ups.

Obviously I need to make extra time to increase my back strength so I decided to whip out the Pull Up Bar and complete a short workout before my Boot Camp class last night.


I did a jumping pull-up with a slow descend (as slow as I could go) my release was super slow for the first set… and by the last set I felt like I couldn’t hang on anymore. I guess that’s the point right?


(This is a picture of me slowly starting to descend)

After my first set I texted Marc.. even I need motivation sometimes.


It was the PUSH that I needed to continue through the pain.

So needless to say, I got in a great back workout but after my boot camp class my arms were SHOT.


I literally couldn’t lift them up!!  “Mission Accomplished,” I guess!??!!?


I even managed to snap a picture of Marc working on his Pull ups. He makes them look SO much better ;)

This workout is great for anyone who would like to increase their Pull Up Strength. If you are curious here is the workout:

Pull Ups with slow release. 

Set #1: 5 repetitions

Set #2: 4 Repetitions

Set #3: 3 Repetitions

Set #4: 2 Repetitions 

Set #5: 1 Repetition

That last rep was tough :) and I think I deserve a day off from exercise today! I actually attempted to do some pull ups this morning and you know what…. my arms wouldn’t function. There’s a sign right there not to do anything.


Oh and there’s snow outside so that’s another reason to rest!

I am super pumped it’s Friday. Tonight I am going to an 80’s Concert to celebrate one of my best friend Megan’s 30th Birthday. I am looking forward to a night out with Marc and all of our friends!!


What do you have planned for the weekend?

Are you good at Pull ups?

Author: Kelly @ The Fit Skool

I’m Kelly, a NASM personal trainer and group instructor, a former athlete, a wife and soon to be mommy. Health and Fitness is my passion and I am excited to share this journey with you!


  1. I think you look equally as awesome! You don’t see women doing pull-ups to often. Major props to you :)

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