Great Upper Body Exercises to Improve Your “Pull” Ability

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While building muscle is great, what’s incredibly important about working out is being able to improve your daily functioning. Naturally, this includes your pulling ability and technique. Here are some of the best upper body exercises you can incorporate into your workout to maximize your “pull” movements.

Dumbbell Row

In addition to being a holistic exercise, the dumbbell row is easy to perform—all you need is a weight and a bench or another piece of furniture to hold onto. This workout helps to build and condition your lats, traps, and rhomboids.


Whether you choose to start the movement from a seated position or standing up, chin-ups are great to help you improve your ability to support your own body weight. This exercise will improve your vertical and horizontal pulling with a specific focus on developing your lat muscles.

Close-Grip Lat Pulldown

If you’re struggling to perform bodyweight chin-ups, then close-grip lat pulldowns will serve you well. This exercise will enable you to choose to lift however many plates you’re comfortable with. What’s more, lat pulldown machines are standard machinery found in most regular gyms, meaning you don’t have to go out of your way to perform this exercise if you have a gym membership.