Strict pull-ups are one of the most challenging yet rewarding bodyweight exercises that can significantly enhance your upper body strength and overall fitness. Unfortunately, a lot of people see the word ‘strict pull-ups’ in a workout and are instantly defeated. If you’re in that boat, don’t worry; like any worthwhile goal, with a dedicated plan, there’s hope!
The journey towards mastering this movement begins with understanding the intricate interplay of muscle groups involved, the importance of balanced training, and the critical role of mobility work.
When it comes to strength and the CrossFit athlete, one thing is undeniable: everything else equal, a stronger athlete is a better athlete.
The most obvious example of this is when testing athletes for a one-rep max, much like Powerlifting. At the 2020 CrossFit Games, athletes competed in the CrossFit Total, which seeks to find the sum of an athlete’s max back squat, deadlift, and strict shoulder press. In events like this, the stronger athlete wins; there’s no question about that. These types of events embody the definition of absolute strength – the ability to produce force against resistance.