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Why Women Can't Do Pull-Ups...Why People Don't Exercise

Saturday, November 24, 2012

I found these two articles today while I was on the web.

I thought I'd share them with you, and put them somewhere I can refer to them again:

One of them is about why people don't exercise, even though it feels good to do. I found this on Facebook. Here's what the intro said:

If exercise improves health, boosts brain function, fights aging, and
makes you feel happier and more energetic -- why do so few adults get
the recommended amount? Use the link below to read about how
neuroscientists and psychologists are collaborating to answer this
question, and let us know your favorite way to exercise in the

And here's the link:

The other is about why women can't do pull-ups:

If you've read any good articles lately about working out (especially strength training), I'd love a link in the comments.

I have a huge aversion to lifting weights, but it's the number one thing I need to do for my health and my body.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
KAYOTIC 11/26/2012 9:53AM

    I agree with the pull-up article, it is about strength vs weight, and body fat % is a big factor, which makes it harder for women. I've been able to do chin ups, and a pull up when I was training for that specific movement, but not since. I think it's a great goal to shoot for, and may try again!

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STRONGWARRIOR1 11/26/2012 4:08AM

    I rock climb and my upper body strength really lets me down, so I have ordered a pull up bar. Apparently just hanging without pulling up is also good training. Getting somone to spot you from your knees with your legs folded back sounds like a good plan. Thanks for this article.

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MOONSTORMER 11/26/2012 12:58AM

    very interesting! now it makes sense why i still struggle to do a single pull-up, despite lifting weights and getting stronger than i've ever been.

if you are looking to get into weight training, i would strongly recommend reading "the new rules of lifting for women" it has fantastic information, pictures of exercises, and completely changed my view of strength training.

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DRPOOH63 11/25/2012 1:54PM

    Thanks for sharing.....

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MERRYMARY42 11/25/2012 11:24AM

    I looked at the links, but plan on spending some time on them, thanks for the info

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BABIRD1 11/25/2012 8:49AM

    Thanks for the info! Very interesting reading. I wonder if I got in shape again if I would be able to do the 3 - 8 chin-ups I could do as a child. Body mass and composition is very different between children and adults.

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SHEILA1505 11/25/2012 2:37AM

    Interesting stuff - now I don't feel like such a wimp!

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KILLERANGEL47 11/24/2012 11:04PM

    Weight assisted pullup machines help, though! With those as women can train our bodies for thing.

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DAS92687 11/24/2012 6:57PM

    Here's a few other links -


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    Thanks! I remember reading the article about the pull-ups. Gotta give them a try more often when I pass playgrounds when I'm out walking.

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FLEURGARDEN 11/24/2012 6:00PM

    I've never been able to do pull-ups. Not even when I was a teenager and only weighted 90 pounds. Sigh.

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OJ_2_OK 11/24/2012 5:38PM

    I see it as a challenge, not a limitation though. I have seen women doing things average men can't do (check out crossfit videos). It just depends on the person.

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YOBOELI 11/24/2012 5:33PM

    Thanks for posting the articles, good luck, keep pushing hard

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KACEYSW 11/24/2012 5:31PM

    Thanks for sharing those. Very interesting information. I always wondered why I couldn't do pull-ups like my brothers...

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