Can Women Do Pullups? Yes, Yes, a Thousand Times Yes!

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Can Women Do Pullups? Yes, Yes, a Thousand Times Yes!

December 2, 2012

A perfectly executed pull-up looks crisp and smooth and has been known to induce excessive gawking from onlookers. Besides radiating to-the-bone badassery, this exercise is arguably the ultimate measure of upper body strength.

Think about it: how many folks do you know who can bust out a set of 10 pull-ups with perfect form? What about weighted? People who can do them with perfection, you may have noticed, tend to be leaner and more muscular than the average gym-goer. This is no coincidence.

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2 Comments
  1. Sarah 6 years ago

    Sohee, thank you so much for writing this article. I’m in a Marine Corps officer program, and about two weeks ago the Marine Corps changed the females’ upper body portion of the PFT (physical fitness test) from flexed arm hang (70 seconds max) to pullups (3 min, 8 max). I’ve been incorporating the tips you listed as I work harder on my upper body development.

  2. Sarah 6 years ago

    Sohee, thank you so much for writing this article. I’m in a Marine Corps officer program, and about two weeks ago the Marines changed the females’ upper body portion of the PFT (physical fitness test) from a flexed arm hang to pullups. They’re giving us a year to work on our pullups before they officially implement the change. I’ve been incorporating the tips you wrote about as I work harder on my upper body developments.

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