30 Nov '12, 1pm

Why women can't do pull-ups (a response to a NYT Magazine story of the same name):

The headline on the New York Times Well blog was too provocative to ignore: Why women can’t do pull-ups. Though I count myself among the many women (and people!) in this world who find pull-ups more challenging than other movements that test strength and fitness, my defenses went up immediately. Says who? They can, too! I’ll show you some pull-ups! But when I read the piece, I ended up feeling not defensive, but enlightened. It’s based on a study from the University of Dayton in which researchers found 17 normal-weight women who could not do a single overhand pull-up. They trained the women for three days a week for three months, working to strengthen their biceps and latissimus dorsi muscles. From the story: They lifted weights and used an incline to practice a modified pull-up, raising themselves up to a bar, over and over, in hopes of strengthening the muscles they woul...

Full article: http://amyreinink.com/2012/11/30/why-women-cant-do-pull-ups/

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