The heavily perpetuated myth is that women lack the upper body strength to pull themselves over a bar—that pull-ups are a feat of strength available only to those who possess testosterone in droves, namely men.
Chances are you’ve heard some variation of this myth at some point in your life, and it’s possible that it’s even deterred you from the pursuit of pull-ups.
Many women won’t even attempt to get pull-ups, simply because we’ve been told we’re not strong enough, so why bother? In fact, I’ve worked with several women who say they want to do a pull-up, but are too intimidated to try because we’ve been led to believe that it’s too hard and too far out of our reach.
The idea that pull-ups are only available to men is a cultural limitation that seeks to keep us small. It’s just one more way that societal norms and boundaries limit our progress and steal from our power.
This societal belief is simply a construct that keeps a myriad women from experiencing the immense self sufficiency and deep fulfillment that come from pulling ourselves up over that bar.
The truth is that you can do pull-ups. You can do them with and without assistance. You can defy the societal myths that seek to keep you in it’s confines. If you’re ready to commit to the pursuit of pull-ups—to feel the exhilaration of getting over that bar, over and over again, join me in becoming a Pull-up Queen.
I can still remember, with vivid detail, the first time I achieved an unassisted pull-up. As soon as I got my chin over the bar I felt…shocked. Excited. Empowered beyond belief.
I wasn’t actually expecting to get over the bar. In…
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