I can't perform a single pull-up, or even a chin-up. I can't lift myself to the bar, however when using a low bar (one that I can start from the top) I can perform 3-4 chin-ups but still no pull-ups. What's the matter with me? How can I fix this?

  • Are you doing the full range of motion when you use the low bar? ( If you do, for instance, half the complete range of motion it's a lot easier and can explain why you do 3 or 4 when you start in the up position )
    – joao
    Jul 19, 2015 at 17:20
  • @Mårten make that an answer.
    – mart
    Jul 20, 2015 at 7:49
  • possible duplicate of What exercises are good to build up to performing chin-ups?
    – Eric
    Jul 21, 2015 at 5:35

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Do slow negatives, start at the top and lower yourself slowly, this is the way most people get strong enough to do their first, clean pull/chin-ups. If you have a rubber band to attach to the bar, that can work too., enter image description here

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