Pro Tips

The Fastest Way to Achieve a Standard Bodyweight Pullup

Assisted or negative pullups?

Negative Pullup
Per Bernal

Which exercise will help me achieve a standard bodyweight pullup more quickly: assisted or negative pullups? - Chris D., Springfield, MA.

Go with negative pullups, as you’ll still be forced to handle your entire bodyweight. Since everyone can lower more than they can lift, you’ll overload more of your muscle fibers, increasing your pulling strength in a short amount of time.

Lee Boyce, C.P.T., is a strength and conditioning coach based in Toronto.

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