Even if you're intimidated by the classic pull-up, you can reap the benefits of this classic exercise with one variation. Jennifer suggests using a superband — a giant, two-inch-thick rubber band — that can help you do consecutive pull-ups. Eventually, you'll be able to lose the band and support your own body's weight.
- Wrap the rubber band securely around the pull-up bar, put it under one knee (or one foot for even more assistance), grab onto the bar (stepping off a chair if needed to reach), and begin your pull-up.
- Repeat three to five times, and tack on more pull-ups as you become stronger.