Progressions & Regressions || Pull Ups

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

I wasn’t particularly active when I was younger in terms of sports but I was always outdoors as a child. In my teens I discovered contemporary dance, studied performing arts and whilst travelling at 18, I began enjoying extreme sports such as surfing and snowboarding. I eventually ended up beginning my career as a mobile Personal Trainer in addition to running occasional boot camps.

I later discovered CrossFit and completed my Level 1 & 2 along with my 200 hour Yoga Teacher Certification. During this time I developed a real passion for human movement, focusing on improving my clients mobility, overall awareness and building a solid base strength to their training. Through CrossFit and my own independent training I found I was more mentally stimulated by being able to control my own body weight, which lead me towards calisthenics. This connected so incredibly well with my yoga practice and now my training is a dynamic hybrid of yoga, calisthenics and metabolic conditioning. 

The strict base of calisthenics paired with the movement of yoga helps to condition the body. It improves strength at end ranges, working the smaller muscles, consequently preventing injury and building a sound awareness of your own body. This awareness will make you break through barriers within your own training goals. ‘Kicking people’s butts’ was never really an interest to me, although I encourage and enjoy metabolic conditioning, my main focus is how can I get my client to build a solid awareness of their body so when they’re outside of our PT sessions they move with awareness, ease and enjoy themselves. 

I hope to offer a platform which will encourage more people from a broader picture across different training backgrounds to come together and improve on the three aspects of any training that are extremely important:

Inspiring others to move in as many ways as possible, try new sports and see what

they’re capable of is what I strive to do, but I also want to maintain this focus on training a solid base of strength and mobility, allowing people to have the availability and knowledge to safeguard themselves in order to live life and train to their fullest potential.

It’s the ultimate goal for so many, but the variations available and how to go about achieving or improving the humble pull-up tends to go unknown, misinterpreted or completely avoided. Within this first article we’re going to touch down on developing the pull-up through regressions and progressions, which will set the foundation for more advanced movements, like strict muscle ups.

I’ve kept it simple and broken it down to five different variations that, with some work and patience, will ensure you achieve your first strict pull up, or maybe turn that 1 or 2 into sets of 5 or even 10.