After posting about some of the WODS I’ve been doing in CrossFit that are heavy on the pull ups, I got a few questions about if I can actually do pull ups and how I do them.
First off, I cannot, in anyway, do a real pull up.
I have tried, and I just end up dangling and swinging from the bar looking like a goon.
So then how do I get through WODs full of pull ups?
By using a band.
Ignore the strong guy doing weighted pull ups in this picture and check out the girl behind him with the resistance band on the bar.
When I do pull ups, I loop a band over the bar like that. I try to pick the middle-difficulty band to make it a little bit challenging, but depending how many pull ups we’re doing, sometimes I opt for the easiest band.
Once I’ve got the band knotted on securely, I step up on a box, put one of my feet in the loop at the bottom of the band, and start doing pull ups.
The band gives you some spring and momentum and also helps support some of your body weight.
Several of the people at my gym use bands when we do pull ups, especially the beginners. There’s no shame in doing it. I mean everyone has to start somewhere.
So if you’re nervous to try CrossFit because you can’t do a pull up, don’t be! There are ways you can modify almost every move that we do as you learn and get stronger!
I know one day I’ll eventually graduate from doing pull ups with a band to doing a regular, unassisted pull up. It’s one of my many CrossFit goals.
All photos in this post pulled from my gym’s blog! Thanks Josh!