Now I love my crazy cardio exercises, a fact all my members know
only too well! however, if I had to chose a favourite strength exercise…well there
is only one!

PULL UPS!!! I love love LOVE them!

Yep that’s right, one of the hardest moves to do in training, ….well
if it does not challenge you, it will not change you! Pull-ups are incredible
for dropping body fat and toning your entire upper body, including your abs!

Over the years at Evo I have trained a lot of men and women to do
pull ups, it is one of the most satisfying achievements when you are finally
able to master a correct pull up and then its only a matter of time before it
becomes 2reps….3reps and so on!

What most people do not fully realise, is the benefits from
achieving such a tough move! Look at a body of a gymnast, their physique,
strength and definition is incredible and the majority of them do a lot of

Benefits include:

Accelerating the metabolsim and aiding in body fat loss.

It is a compound move-working back/arms/abs –increasing your
strength as well as your muscle definition.

There lots of different variations to mix up and challenge you –weighted/wide
grip/ burpee pull-ups.

Your posture and flexibility also improves when performed correctly.

If you are having trouble mastering Pull-ups, negative pull-ups are
the best way to start to build strength and muscle to help you achieve this and
here’s how to do it:

Jump up or use a box to bring you to the top of the pull-up bar

Maintain good form and control your descent for 10 seconds on the
way down

Repeat 6-8 times.

When you can control your descent for 20 seconds, you should be able
to try 1 pull-up.

If you are not already doing so, start
introducing pull-ups into your workouts, they are incredible for results and
with summer upon us, use that motivation to challenge yourself to master those
pull-ups or increase the amount you already do!

About the Author Gemma Marie Llewellyn

I am the Head Coach and Nutritional Specialist at Evo. I have a huge determination and focus to help empower men and women in fitness and to encourage us to support and champion each other. I have always been extremely passionate about fitness and helping others so being a trainer was the most natural step for me to take. I dedicate my time training people using the best functional skills and tools that give them the body and confidence they have been searching for. To me, good nutrition is not something you have to do, it is what your body deserves in order for you to live life fully energised and uplifted. It is important to me to educate clients in healthy sustainable eating. Well-being is of the body, health and mind and I help develop clients in all areas. I believe that with the right direction this lifestyle is fun and the benefits – unbelievably rewarding!