8 Phases of Getting a Pull-Up

pull-ups Apr 17, 2024

Are you a woman determined to master the pull-up? Do you find yourself longing to achieve that impressive feat of strength but feel stuck in your progress? If so, you're in the right place. Hi, I'm Angela Gargano, and I've guided over 500 women in conquering their first pull-up. And I'm here to share my unique approach tailored specifically for women like you. ‍

Perhaps you've been relying on assisted bands or attempting intimidating drills without much success. It's time to shift your mindset and embrace a new strategy—one that breaks down the journey into manageable phases.

Phase One: Hanging On

Let's start at the beginning. Phase one involves simply hanging onto the bar, even if only for a few fleeting seconds. It may feel challenging at first, but it's a crucial foundation to build upon. Focus on your grip strength and gradually increase your hang time as you gain confidence.

Phase Two: Extended Hang

In phase two, aim to increase your hang time to around 20 to...

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From Frustration to Success: The Female Guide to Pull-Ups

pull-ups Mar 29, 2024

Are you a woman on a mission to conquer your first pull-up but feeling frustrated by the lack of progress? You're not alone. Many women face challenges when it comes to mastering this empowering exercise. But fear not! In this comprehensive guide, we'll explore the often overlooked factors that can accelerate your journey to pull-up success.


The Frustration of the Pull-Up Journey

If you're a woman striving to achieve your first pull-up, you've likely encountered moments of frustration and doubt. Despite your dedication and hard work, progress might feel slow, leaving you wondering if you'll ever reach your goal. But fear not! Today, we're going to uncover the two missing links that can transform your pull-up journey and propel you towards success.


Understanding the Pull-Up Challenge

Before diving into the solutions, let's address why traditional approaches may not be yielding results. Many rely on assisted bands or repetitive drills without addressing fundamental...

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Why Assisted Bands Aren't Helping You Achieve Your Pull-Up Goals: A Guide for Women

pull-ups Mar 28, 2024

Are you a woman struggling to conquer your first pull-up or increase your max? You're not alone. Despite using assisted bands and various online drills, many women find themselves stuck in their pull-up journey. But fear not, because in this guide, we'll explore why traditional methods may not be effective and introduce you to a revolutionary approach tailored specifically for women.


Reason 1: Assisted Bands Target the Wrong Muscles

Assisted bands provide support at the bottom of the pull-up, but this assistance actually hinders progress. By relying on the band to propel you upwards, you miss out on strengthening the crucial bottom portion of the pull-up—the hardest part. Instead of bouncing up with the band, it's essential to focus on exercises that target this weaker area directly. In our Pull Up Revolution program, we emphasize drills that strengthen the bottom portion, ensuring faster progress and lasting results.


Reason 2: Dependency on Assisted Bands


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5 Reasons You Didn’t get your Pull-up! (Female Friendly)

pull-ups Mar 20, 2024

Are you one of the many women out there still striving to conquer your first pull-up? If so, you're not alone. Despite your efforts, you may find yourself facing obstacles that hinder your progress. But fear not, because I'm here to guide you through the top five reasons why you might still be struggling with pull-ups and how to overcome them.

As a dedicated fitness trainer specializing in helping women achieve their first pull-up, I've encountered common pitfalls that prevent progress. But the good news is, once you address these issues, you'll be well on your way to mastering this empowering exercise.

So let's dive into the essential steps to optimize your pull-up journey:


1. Believe in Yourself and Stop Self-Sabotage

The first step to success is believing that you can achieve it. Negative self-talk and self-doubt can hold you back more than any physical limitation. Whether it's concerns about weight, age, or strength, it's time to let go of these limiting beliefs....

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How to fix your pull-up if you are pulling on one side more

pull-ups Jul 21, 2022

Have you noticed when doing pull-ups that you may be pulling with one side more than the other? Believe it or not this is more common than you may think and it actually might be hindering your pull-up progress….


But have no fear in this video I go over how to FINALLY fix this so that you can continue to progress 


The 3 times Rule:

Whatever drills we are doing, we are going to do it 3x more on the weaker side. Not increasing weight or resistance just 3x more 


The movements to do to Fix this! Remember 3x MORE on the weaker side! 

Arm Circles 

Single Arm Shrug Lat Pull-Downs (Tap on  your Lat) 

Single Arm Pull-ups (don't worry you do these assisted ;))

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Pull-up Workshop | Beginner Friendly

pull-ups Jul 21, 2022




It was legit SO fun "hanging" out with you all today! 

 I hope you left the workshop being able to

1 Identify where you are at currently with your pull-up

2Learn that it's super important to get OFF the bands as much as possible and work on Mobility, Stability & Strength Drills to get your Pull-up 

3 That a pull-up is completely possible for you! 

4 You need to be consistent in order to conquer it 

And let's be honest...it can be super tough to go about this process alone. You can continue to look up random workouts on instagram or mess around with the pull-up here or there... OR 

Join in on my 30 Day Pull-up Revolution and I will be there every step of the way to help you succeed <3 

Details below! We start Feb 6th 

Sign-up Pull-up Coaching Program (Starts Feb 6th):


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How to get "unstuck" from the Bottom of your Pull-up

pull-ups Jul 21, 2022

Are you feeling completely STUCK at the Bottom of your pull-up?

Literally you use the assisted band and you’re able to crank out a decent amount and then boom! You get rid of the band and you can’t do any…

Why is that? And what can you do to get “unstuck” from the bottom of your pull-up?


Why doesn't the band work?! 

It’s doing you a disservice helping you at the hardest part of the pull-up…the bottom.. so your not really building strength for the bottom of the pull-up. Make sure you are using an assisted pull-up that is actually challenging you. Does the band have benefits? Absolutely! Especially because it does help strengthen the other parts of your pull-up and give you the idea of how amazing it feels to get that chin above the bar! 


4 Moves to help you get UNSTUCK at the Bottom of your pull-up

Shrug Lat Pull-Downs

 Single Arm Shrug Lat Pull-down while tapping the Lat to wake it up!


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4 Game Changing Q's to help you Conquer your Pull-up (Beginner Friendly)

pull-ups Jul 21, 2022

Sometimes there's just ONE single Q, that will be a game-changer in conquering your pull-up. This is going to over 4 that have helps hundreds conquer their pull-up!  

So in this video I go through 4, that have helped beginners & all types of people finally get their pull-up!


Instead of Pull-up A lot of times when we think "Pull UP" we tend to use our shoulders! Where if we thing "Pull DOWN" we actually start to use our back/lats


2- Elbows Towards Rib Cage

So many times you might want to lead your elbows forward which could lead to elbow pain! Instead, think elbows to ribcage

3- Break the Bar

Literally...trying to break the bar will engage those lats and allow all the right muscles to work

4-Aggressively Pull-Down

As soon as you get eye level with the bar aggressively pull-down and it will make the pull-up seem way easier ! Anyways, hope these were helpful for you!


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Weightlifter vs Ninja

pull-ups Jul 21, 2022

It's super common, especially in females, to be able to lift up heavy weight on a deadlift...but then the second they go to hang on the bar to do some pull-up...nothing...Why are so many strong in one area but not the other?! 

Why is that? Why does this happen? 

We explore this topic in the Video here with my friend Nikki who is a trainer/weightlifter. 

The first thing we go over in this video is the Pull-up. Nikki does her pull-ups and Angela Analyzes them and giver her drills in order to improve them. Angela see's that Nikki is using her shoulders a lot more than her lats so she gives three things to help: 

1) Instead of thinking Pull-up think Pull-Down 

2) Do Lat pull-up downs but with a Shrug pull-down before she does pull-ups 

3) Work on hanging Shoulder Shrugs to prep for the pull-up 

Next up, Nikki analyzes Angela's deadlift to giver her feedback on how she can improve. 

Nikki shows Angela the right positioning for the bar.


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5 Common Pull-up Mistakes (and Solutions 😉)

pull-ups Jul 21, 2022

The pull-up journey isn’t as straight forward as one would like to think. During this journey, there are a few “mistakes” or maybe we should call them growing pains that you might encounter. But have no fear! I am going to take you through these mistakes and ways to help you through them so that you can get that FIRST pull-up or increase your max.


1Wrong hand position

Which can cause elbow pain. What I commonly see is that people have their elbows dropping forward and hands are super narrow.  Make sure hands are shoulder width apart and that you are pulling elbows back and to your ribcage.

2Overuse of the Assisted band

Yes this is great tool, however people become TOO dependent on the band and they start to use a super super thick band which basically throws you up. A reminder, that pull-up band helps you at the hardest part of the pull-up…that bottom…and that’s commonly where everyone really needs to work! Go for lighter...

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