Are Pull ups Good for Women?

24 Dec

One of the latest trends in exercise today is to start doing extreme workouts. These workouts include lots of repetitions of pull ups and there is a concern about this. Not that it is impossible for women to do a pull up, the majority find that doing one is extremely difficult.

Some people even go as far to say that women should not even attempt this exercise. The reason for this is because of the body muscles that are required to do a push up. The health care professionals who are concerned about this are noting that it could place undue stress on a woman’s abdominal muscles. These are the muscles that are used to help carry a pregnancy to full term.

Cross fit is one of the exercise programs that require the participants to do pull ups. When done correctly a pull up uses your back muscles and your bicep muscles. In addition to this your core muscles are also put to work. Your core muscles include the muscles in your abdominal area. Your core is what keeps your body in the right position as you attempt a pull up.

During pregnancy a woman’s abdomen expands to make room for the baby. All of this growth is supported by your abdominal muscles. So having strong abs before getting pregnant is a plus. It is possible for a woman’s abdominal muscles to split during pregnancy!

In addition to having strong abs a woman needs to have strongĀ  back muscles and her pelvic areas must also be strong to carry the baby. Of course after the baby is born strong core muscles and upper body strength will help her carry the baby around all day.

So far then it seems that there is no argument for a woman not to develop a strong body, especially if having children is planned in the near future.

The problem with pull ups is that men naturally have stronger upper body strength than a woman. If you look at any man who does strength training their arm and shoulder area is always more pronounced.

A woman naturally has a leaner body frame so their upper body strength is not as developed. To their benefit their lower body strength is wonderful, as they were designed to bear the weight of being pregnant and going through the childbirth process.

So while women may find it difficult to perform a pull up there is no reason not to do them. It may just take them much longer to develop the upper body strength to perform the movement.

In fact for any woman looking to get that toned upper body and abdominal look they are encouraged to add pull ups to their routine. If you find doing a pull up hard look for tools that can help you. It may help to use a stool or chair under your pull up bar at first. You would then use your chair to help you get up on to the bar. Then lower your body and attempt the pull up. It may take days or a couple of weeks before you can do a couple of pull ups. Just keep on persevering and before you know it your upper body strength will be on the increase.