The Marine Corps recently delayed the required three pull-up minimum for Female Marines because more than half the females were unable to perform at least one pull-up. Prior to the change, Female Marines were expected to hang with their chin above the bar (flex arm-hang) for a maximum of sixty seconds. I served in the Marine Corps between 1998 and 2002 and I can definitely say I am unable to do a single pull-up. Thus, I would have been part of the statistics of non pull-up performance.
As someone with a lot of pride, and as an individual who wants to uphold the honor of the Marine Corps, I’m taking the 70 day pull-up challenge. My goal is to perform at least one-pull up within the next seventy days. I know that if I can perform one, I will be able to perform three.
It’s not a secret that women have a much more difficult time with pull-ups because of our body compositions, but like all other challenges in life, it requires a plan and discipline to follow through with the plan to surpass the challenge.
My plan is to strengthen my upper body and practice, practice, practice! I will perform 50 pull-ups daily, five days a week, beginning with a resistance band until I’m able to do an unassisted pull-up. I’m hoping this will help me perform at least one pull-up by April 5th.
Do you find pull-ups challenging? How many unassisted pull-ups can you do?