“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.”
When it comes to doing solid, effective and healthy push ups and pull ups, there are just no shortcuts.
There are helpful exercises—both strengthening exercises and mobilization exercises, but in order for any of them to work, they have to be done consistently.
Really, that’s the only way we ever master our push ups and pull ups—through consistent, persistent efforts over time.
We don’t have to put in massive, Herculean efforts every single day, but to get stronger all the way around and to make it possible to do push ups, pull ups (or both) at all, or do more of them, or do them better, we just plain have to put in the time and work!
That said, we can make the work interesting—maybe even fun sometimes!
To improve pull ups, get some bar work in at least 3 days a week. To improve push ups, work on the style of push up that’s right for you currently a little bit every day, or a minimum of 3 days a week.
And to get better at both faster, make sure to do consistent–if not daily–core work, things like crawling drills, planking drills, dead bug exercises, and hanging bar work.
Here are a few exercises you can start working into your workouts throughout the week that will both get you stronger and keep you entertained:
Hanging Knee Raises
Hanging Knees to Elbows
As well as a variety of crawling drills and planking drills:
Plank Hold Complex
Limb-Away Elbow Planks
Limb-Away Tall Planks
Keep consistent, keep positive, never lose your hunger to do push ups and pull ups well, and you’ll be rocking them out before you know it, too!
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