Guest Blog Post – The Pros & Cons of following a workout plan found in bodybuilding magazines

I want to start by saying that this is only my second maybe third guest blogger and I came to him after getting to know him through YouTube and Instagram. I normally don’t go out of my way to ask people to guest blog for me very often because I am horrible at not being critical of others blogging on my page, but I had decided that he raised some good information that I had questions about.. and he agreed to participate as my guest blogger. I hope that all of you will appreciate this post as much as I have reading it and if you have any questions for him, I will have his YouTube channel URL at the bottom of the page and share his bio with you so you can get to know him as well. Enjoy.

Pros and Cons of Following a Workout Program found in Bodybuilding Magazines

Workouts!! Where do you go to find them? Which one would work for you? What kind of exercises should I do? What about reps and sets? Should I try bodybuilding, powerlifting, CrossFit or try calisthenics?  These are all good questions anyone starting in the fitness lifestyle asks themselves at one point of their journey. If you ask 100 people I can guarantee you, more than 85% would say they started their journey from reading a bodybuilding/fitness magazine routine. Let’s cut to the chase, are the workouts you find in bodybuilding publications reliable sources of information?

Originally, I was planning on writing why I DON’T follow bodybuilding magazine workout programs anymore but it occurred to me that there are a few good reasons to try them out. I’m going to list a few Pros and Cons and let you the educated reader determine for yourself if following workouts from your favorite professional bodybuilder/fitness athlete is worth your time. Let’s start with the Cons first and get the negativity out of the way.

Cons:

  1. Generalization- Majority of the Workouts will always be the same. Do a few compound lifts for 4 sets of 10 to 12 reps followed by a couple of different Isolation exercises for 4 sets of 12-15 reps. This is what is called a “cookie cutter” routine. This is NOT what the Pros do!!
  2. Your favorite Athlete- before I write about this I wanted to share a secret in the industry, are you ready for this? The chances that your favorite athlete is writing this workout article is FALSE!! Majority of articles “written” by your favorite athlete is in fact written by a “Ghost Writer”. A person that is articulate behind the keyboard that will use the above “cookie cutter” formula to have an article ready for publication. There are a few that actually do write the articles like Jerry Ward, Gregg Valentino, and Joe Pietro from Muscle Sport Magazine but for the most part it’s the pros image and likeness that the magazine is paying them to use.
  3. Workout Programs are designed to sell you something- When reading the articles do you notice the “pro athlete” is in fact showing you what supplements they are using, cough* cough* sponsored by? This is to get the reader thinking to themselves “Well if so and so is using this kind of supplement it must work”. This is also a part of the athletes deal with using their likeness in the magazine. It’s to get the reader to buy the said sponsored products. The article will also for the most part redirect the targeted audience to go to the athlete’s website and purchase the GUARANTEED to get you results program. Ladies and gentlemen the fitness industry is a multibillion dollar industry that preys on the naive and the gullible.
  4. These are just a few cons that I have written up for this article. Without sounding negative and disparaging just remember that we have ALL been taken advantage of at some time or another with the latest get big, get cut, new diet, guaranteed supplements that will help YOU achieve your goals. It’s OK, this is all a part of the journey so don’t get frustrated just learn from the experience. Let’s move on to the Pros.

Pros:

  1. Its a Great Guideline- While the Pros DO NOT follow the exact routine its a great base line for a beginner to start building their own physique. Learning the compound lifts then finishing it off the workout with isolation exercises will in fact get you to learn the basics of the exercise and the “feel” of the muscle contractions on the isolation sets.  As a beginner everyone gets what we in the advanced stage call “the newbie gains” This is where a person is new to working out is going to gain the most benefits of exercising. This could be from bulking up to even dieting. When your body is not used to exercise or physical exertion of any kind and is introduced to physical activity the body responds tremendously! Enjoy these times and learn your form, technique and the gains you are about to experience!!
  2. Image of a Pro- Even though your favorite pro is more than likely NOT writing the article, if the reader is believing they follow the workout themselves it’s almost a connection with that pro. It makes the reader think I can follow this routine too and look like so and so. I’ll never put down visualization as it’s a valuable technique to utilize so if believing your favorite athlete is doing the same sets and reps as you are by then all means believe it and use it to your advantage!
  3. Visualization of Exercises- As a beginner I didn’t know what a cable fly was from a pec deck but from bodybuilding magazines seeing the bodybuilders doing the exercises through pictures helped me tremendously. I was that shy guy that didn’t want to ask someone in the gym “Excuse me what’s a pec deck machine” and look stupid or laughed at. Not that it happens but I imagined that it would happen, again visualization is HUGE in working out!
  4. In closing, these are just a few pros and cons of workouts in bodybuilding/fitness publications but the choice is up to you on what to learn from them. I personally to this day knowing that the workouts are 85% bullshit STILL purchase bodybuilding magazines. Is it because I’m a fan of the sport or have been doing this lifestyle for 20 years? I’m not quite sure but I will continue to purchase my favorite magazines regardless. If you want to know two books that I will personally endorse and guarantee that you will gain a plethora of REAL knowledge I will tell you. Its Arnold Schwarzenegger “Encyclopedia of Bodybuilding” and Gregg Valentino’s “Essentials of Bodybuilding” Nothing but genuine information minus the fluff. Everything from dieting, workouts, supplementation, cardio to even posing. Any type of info you want will be in these two books. Hope you all enjoyed the article it was a pleasure to write.

Dave Gois AKA Camerica Muscle

YouTube URL: https://www.youtube.com/user/DaveG1226

Bio on Dave:

As far as expertise the only thing I had when I was younger was a PT license but Ive long let that expire lol. Ive got a Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice and Graduated with a 3.93 average. I was on the Academic Deans list monthly  and graduated with High Honors from Westwood College. I won the first ever YouTube transformation contest sponsored by TauroFitness, which was named the 2015 Mr. TaurOlympia. I went from 242 lbs to 185 lbs in 20 weeks and I did it naturally meaning no steroids or pro hormones what so ever just diet, cardio and hard work lol. Originally I started lifting and got serious at 21 years old and I was only 119lbs soaking wet. I was a true ectomorph so gaining weight was actually hard for me. 

Bipolar Disorder (Mental Health)

Well Hello Bloggers, 

We are back for another blog post and today’s entails mental health. Today will be about being bipolar, what it means to be diagnosed with bipolar, the types of treatment they recommend, and some other odds and ends. If you know someone who is bipolar, or if you, yourself has been diagnosed with being bipolar, do not be ashamed of it, and do not feel as though every case is the same. I realize this information will be vague, so please fill us in with more information, experiences, stories, etc in the comment section and share this post with others so I can help bring awareness. 

What does being bipolar mean?

Good question! The bipolar disorder is having mood swings that range from depressive lows to maniac highs. In other words, going from a very low state to a very high state in your moods. Each individual has some differences. 

 

Fun Fact:

There are different forms of bipolar: bipolar 1 disorder, bipolar 2 disorder, cyclothymic disorder. Now this is 2017 and things might have changed, but from my knowledge these are the main groups but this doesn’t mean there are not others written somewhere. 

Bipolar 1 disorder:

Maniac episodes that last atleast seven days and/or manic episodes that are severe enough to have a person end up in the hospital.  Some people will experience depressive episodes as well that can last up to two weeks. 

Bipolar 2 disorder:

A pattern of depressive episodes and hypomanic episodes but NOT full blown maniac episodes.

 

Cyclothymic Disorder:

Numerous periods of hypomanic episodes and depressive symptoms that are known to last two years (and 1 year for children and adolescents). 

 

Signs and Symptoms:

 
  1. Manic episode (signs/symptoms)
  • Feeling very “high” or elated
  • Usually has a lot of energy
  • Increased activity levels
  • “jumpy” or “wired”
  • sometimes have issues with sleeping
  • Talk really fast
  • could be agitated, irritable or touchy
  • feel as though their thoughts are going really fast
  • Usually believe they can manage a lot of things at once
  • Do risky things that aren’t always wise decisions

     2. Depressive episode (signs/symptoms)

  • Feeling of sadness, empty or loneliness
  • very little energy
  • decreased activity levels
  • may sleep too much or too little
  • don’t feel as though they can enjoy anything
  • feeling much worry
  • tend to forget things a lot
  • Eating too much or too little
  • feeling tired
  • sometimes thinks of death or suicide

Fun Fact:

It possible for some to have symptoms of both, called “mixed features”  (they may feel very sad and hopeless but at the same time have tons of energy). 

 

Many people with bipolar disorder may even have mood swings that are less extreme and can still manage to function, feel good, highly productive (the person may not feel as if anything is wrong) but normally family and friends can see the difference in their moods and actions. If these people don’t seek help they could end up with severe mania or depression. 

 

Some have bipolar along with other mental health conditions and some have symptoms of other illnesses, so it makes it difficult for one to diagnose someone with this disorder. People with bipolar disorder are said to be at higher risk of thyroid disease, migraine headaches, heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. 

 

There are cases where someone with bipolar may have psychotic symptoms as well (hallucinations, and/or delusions). 

 

Anxiety is usually also diagnosed with those with bipolar disorder.

 

A higher chance of possible substance abuse, perform poorly at work/school, relationship problems. 

Possible Risk Factors:

  • Genetics
  • Family history
  • brain structure and functioning

Treatment possibilities:

  • Medications
  • Psychotherapy
  • Electroconvulsive therapy

Keep in mind that bipolar disorder is a life long illness. Also remember to speak with a specialist and/or doctor who can be of more assistance to yourself and others. Thank you for reading!

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xoxo

 

Taking Risk|Three Channels of Risk

Risk = Opportunity, but not all Opportunities are good.

In a vlog video today I talked about taking risk and my take on risk and how they can be effective and provide opportunities but at the same time can be what kills us (physically or mentally).  My video was aimed for fitness/health people but this blog will speak to the general population and the same rules will apply but maybe different circumstances. Pay close attention for my post for it may be somewhat beneficial for some of you. 

 

I believe that risk comes in three channels, these channels are: death, depleting of oneself and prosperity/growth. From these channels, you are obviously aware that the last one would be the goal or the most beneficial for us and this is very true. I will break down the differences and discuss each one briefly but somewhat like I did in my video, i will then leave you in thought. 

 

The first channel: Death. 

 
  • This particular channel means literally dying or mentally decaying yourself to the point of exhaustion. 
  • An example of death: eating disorders, addictions, suicide, depression.. and the list continues. 
  • Most of us know someone or perhaps ourselves can relate to this channel of risk. 
  • This particular channel of risk is dangerous, and normally the ultimate downfall unless we seek help in time. 

The second channel: Depleting self.

  • This channel poses a threat because it can lead us to the channel of death if we are not careful.
  • An example of depleting self: Trying to be something or someone we are not in order to fit in, allowing others to take advantage of us, having been bullied, traumatic experiences, among many other things
  • Again we have either dealt with this channel ourselves or know someone who is/has. 
  • This particular channel is giving us a choice in how we respond to this particular risk- in most cases people go into death , but others will grow and learn from it. 

The third channel: prosperity and growth.

  • This channel is about taking a risk that has made you successful, motivational, inspiring, and possibly wealthy in many more ways than just money. 
  • This channel takes sacrifices , but they are sacrifices you can handle and or deal with and not regret it down the line if you made the right choice. 
  • This channel only turns into a bad risk if you choose to react to it in a greedy nature or make yourself seem more inferior to others. 

Now that I have covered these three channels of risk, you are probably asking yourself, why would one want to choose death and/or depleting self.. how does one not know that is a bad risk? Well, it isn’t necessarily that one is choosing to be depressed or choosing to be bullied, risk create opportunities and not all opportunities are good ones, so when one chooses to risk losing weight by choosing to eat less and less.. they aren’t necessarily wanting to die they want the opportunity that comes from it – which is being skinny. Now this is may be all very confusing and you can choose to make sense of it however you want, no right or wrong way. I just found myself rambling and decided to share some insight with you. The bottom line is every risk we take effects us either negatively or in a positive manner, we don’t always know until we have taken the risk. Just think about what risk you are willing to take but don’t stop taking them in order to avoid opportunities. 

 

If you are someone who wants to better understand my thoughts, please feel free to watch my YouTube video from today speaking on risk and hopefully it makes some sense. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fZPKcM7iw4. Thanks for reading, feel free to leave comments, share and or like. 

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxoo

Learning to do a proper handstand.

Many of you probably had the chance to read my post on “handstands” and how they have advantages and their benefits. I told you in that same post I would write another post in the later weeks discussing how to train for a proper handstand – and although there is a million different ways to do so and everyone has their own technique, I believe the best way is to practice and build up to it, like any other movement. Handstands are more advanced movements, they aren ‘t considered easy and even though they may be easier for some, they can be quite more difficult for others like myself. 

 

When beginning training for a handstand, it is best do them on a flat surface and preferably one that won’t cause you much harm if you should fall or occasionally hurt yourself trying – I don’t want anyone to end up in the emergency room. This particular post will go over some neat ways to train for a handstand and give you some good tips doing so, now don’t fret if you learned another way, please just add it in the comment section so all of my readers can look into what works best for them and also, feel free to google anything that you might not understand or to ask a professional for help. I would advise asking your doctor if any of you have conditions or injuries that would prevent you from being able to perform a handstand. Shall we begin?

 
 
  1. Wall work many of you have probably heard of this term before, especially if you have done CrossFit because many CrossFitters start their handstands by using the wall – especially those that are beginners and starting out. 

 

  • Start with going into a plank pose with your feet close to the wall. Place your hands underneath your shoulders while feet are firmly on the ground. You will slowly start walking your feet up the wall (as far as you can) whatever point you have reached, try holding that position for 15-30 seconds and focus in on your breathing. The point of this exercise is to eventually make it up the wall in a plank pose with your hands close to the wall instead of farther away. It will take much practice and will seem easy at first, but don’t forget to focus on breathing and balance.  To reduce risk of injury, make sure to do a warm up prior to this so that your wrist and the rest of your body is warmed up and ready. 

 

      2. Use An App It was brought to my attention by a fellow blogger that there are    multiple apps that will help you to learn a proper handstand by following their steps. I have never used them but thought about doing so and giving a review so that some of  you may know which ones to use. I think using an app is an awesome idea if you plan on training yourself but for those of you who are not comfortable wiith training yourself  yet, I would recommend going to a professional who can be there for assistance and  guidance. If any of you have tried any of the handstand apps, let me know in the  comment section.

      

       3. Work on strengthening the muscles used: This may seem obvious but there are exercises that will help improve your chances of landing a  handstand, exercises that will help with balance and strength and will build your  confidence so that you can perform this movement. I won’t post a long list of exercises, but only give you a couple of ideas so you can have a starting point, then feel free to  research and develop a personalized plan for it. 

  • Pike rolls with swiss ball (stability ball)
  • handstand wall walks
  • chest against the wall holds
  • Superman pulses

        4. Using your head first: this idea came from someone else who learned           how during yoga class, they practiced their handstands by first developing one using  their heads as a support and then progressing into a full blown headstand without  having to be on their head. I am not sure how effective it is, but if this how you learned, please feel free to let me know in the comment section and explain how it helped you.  Also, if you think this is not a safe way of learning to do one, feel free to add that as well. Personally I might try using my head and seeing how far I get and then  progressing, but then again I don’t mind trying new things as long as I am not putting  myself in danger or doing harm to my body. 

 

So here we have it, 4 ways that can build your handstand. Some of which were coming from my own experience and research and others coming from someone else who taught themselves how to perform the movement, As I mentioned before, there are many different ways people have taught themselves, so feel free to add your way if it isn’t list. Thank you for reading, be sure to leave a comment, share, like and follow. 

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

 

Shay-lon xxoo

 

In Order to Gain Respect, Females should show more half naked shots?

Sex Sells. Yes. 

 

BUT 

 

Why can’t knowledge sell just as well?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p3zC2tIQ02E&t=26s

Watch my video explaining the advice I received from someone and my thoughts around the idea. This maybe just interesting enough to grab your attention and ladies feel free to share your thoughts as well.

 

Shay-lon

Happy Easter Bloggers!

Happy Easter

Happy Easter To All My Blogger Friends

I know that not many of you celebrate this Holiday, but know that doesn’t matter to me, Happy Sunday to all of you as well. For some people, Easter is a religious holiday and for others, it means a bunny hops along giving out Easter eggs full of candy, no matter what your beliefs are, and why .. I want ALL OF YOU to have a wonderful Sunday and spend it with people you love and cherish if possible, like any other day but hold them tight and tell them you love them because you never know when it will be the last time. 

 

Thank you to all of you who have wished me a Happy Easter as well, I appreciate it! 😀 

 
 

Know Your Purpose|Know Your Role

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPcZMTg1gdU

I think many of you will be very appreciative of this particular vlog video, as it goes over how your roles you choose in life and the roles given to you in life all make a difference in other people’s lives, make you that much closer to your overall purpose – and by purpose, I mean the one thing that is much more than the external wishes. The things that you aim for that effect other people in a positive way. We all have roles, some have more than others and we might not always have a choice in what roles we have but we have a choice in what direction we choose to use those roles and how they effect people in our circle/lives. Sometimes we ask our-self what is our purpose, how do I fulfill my purpose, when do I know when to fulfill and it and it isn’t always clear to us in the beginning but the more roles you take on and remove from your life, it becomes more clear to you how you want others to view you, how you want people to respond to you and how certain roles can hinder your purpose in life. 

In this particular video, I give you examples of two different kind of roles we have in this life and explain to you how to see your purpose and how to view your life from now on, from this day forward. I hope many of you will watch this video, as this is something I came up with on my own time and without a script to go on, be patient with me as I speak to you & share this video among friends, family, peers, social media.. because I want more people to be inspired and to look at their purpose in this way! 

Thank you for your time, enjoy the video.

Shay-lon xxoo

Amino Acids (BCAAs)|Supplement Review|EAS MYOPlex

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kF1S2g8cX3g&t=1s

If you are interested in hearing more supplement reviews, workout videos and vlogs from me, definitely check out my YouTube channel.  Also, in this particular video, I decided to dress nicely for all of you! LOL

Your Fitness Blogger,

Shay-lon xxo

Brown Rice Vs White Rice (Food/Nutrition)

brown rice

I have a feeling.. This is going to be a heated discussion! No, but seriously, I think this will be a great discussion for all of you to engage in. 

For beginners, let me start by saying that I prefer white rice over brown rice and I eat more white than I do brown rice. Weird? probably considering people tell me all the time why I shouldn’t eat white rice and instead should consume brown rice- but I am rebel without a cause and choose to go about my everyday eating white rice. Does this mean , I am bias? no, I just like one more than the other but I will eat either of them to be honest depending on the dish. I don’t want anyone getting any bright ideas and think that I will try to pull you over to the dark side; but I just might do it! LOL muahahahahah (evil laugh) 

 
 
  1. Do you prefer white rice or brown rice? – or is there another kind of rice you prefer more than the two options
  2. name a recipe you enjoy eating/cooking that either has white rice or brown rice (or you may share the URL to your blog page with it)
  3. If you don’t eat rice, what kind of things do you eat in place of it? 

Brown Rice: (Keep in mind that each brand has their own nutritional value for brown rice)

  • Rich in selenium (known to reduce the risk of common diseases)
  • High in magnesium
  • healthy fats
  • Helps with bowel regularity – because of the amount of fiber
  • considered “whole grain” – hasn’t lost its wholeness through the refinement process
  • High in anti-oxidants
  • Excellent food choice for those with diabetes – helps stabilize blood sugar levels
  • High in manganese 
  • Fills your stomach faster

White Rice:(Keep in mind that each brand has their own nutritional value for white rice)

  • Truth of the matter is, white rice is fine in moderation. While it might not have as many health benefits as brown rice, it doesn’t mean it is all bad for you. White rice is considered easier to digest because it doesn’t contain as high of phytic acid as brown rice. 
  • White rice still has some decent amount of potassium
  • no cholesterol
  • typically higher calories 
  • high in the glycemic index (not a good thing)

So perhaps I lost the battle to bring you over to the dark side and perhaps I need to watch my moderation (which I do) and make sure to eat more brown than white when necessary BUT this doesn’t mean I can’t enjoy some white rice.. I still can and so can you. If you have anything you would like to add to this, feel free. Keep in mind some of the better kinds of rice are the sprouted rice because you get more of the actual minerals that you miss out on when they are sprouted. Thanks for reading, feel free to leave a comment, like, share, and follow.

 

Your Fitness Blogger,

 

Shay-lon xxoo

Pull up (Exercise)/Reblog

Alright so this particular workout we will talk about today is the “pull up” and the different combinations of pull ups, and what it takes in order to do a pull up, because it is a bit more than what meets the eye.  In today’s fitness world, being able to do a pull up without assistance is a huge milestone and one that many people want to show off (instagram, facebook, youtube, at the gym, etc). This particular exercise isn’t easy and it takes patience and practice like any other exercise but it also takes building the right muscles in order to lift your body weight. I was one that didn’t know how to do a pull up; about 8 months ago and for me it was my lack of strength and not working on the muscles needed in order to do one. Today I am totally capable of doing a pull-up, but for those of you who do them on a more regular basis, you are capable of doing many more than I and with attached weight plates (advanced).  I highly recommend for beginners that you don’t go adding unnecessary weight to this already difficult exercise and that you focus on the movement at hand.  There are many variations of pull-ups and many ways that you can challenge yourself in order to increase your skill level.  For those of you who may already know how to perform a proper pull up, you may offer more advice to those who want to learn, and feel free to do so in my comment section.  

The traditional pull-up movement steps: 

  1. Grab the pull bar with palms facing forward (wide grip, close grip, medium grip) for this one be in your medium grip (hands spaced out at shoulder width apart)
  2. With both hands extended in front of you at a chosen grip, bring your torso back around 30 degrees, 
  3. Pull your torso up until the bar touches your upper chest while drawing the shoulders and upper arms down and back.  Only the arms should move and the back should stay stationary, you will be exhaling during this movement
  4. after a second of being in the contracted position, start to inhale and slowly lower your torso back to the starting position when arms are full extended and the lats are fully stretched. 
  5. Repeat this movement for the prescribed repetitions. 
Ways to work on doing a proper pull up:
  1. Timed hangs, I would recommend to hang for 10 to 15 seconds with arms and legs straight (off the ground) for a repeated amount of times. 
  2. Dumbbell holds (for beginners),  I would recommend holding dumbbells for 30 seconds at your side, if you come to realize you cannot hold the amount of weight for 30 seconds, then decrease your load and rest for 60 seconds and repeat the hold
  3. Planks (because it is a total body exercise and helps with stabilization) not to mention you are holding your own body weight. 
  4. Push ups-Once again you are working with your own body weight and helps strengthen the chest, shoulders and arms. 
Now there are more exercises than the 4 that I have listed that will help people strengthen their muscles and prepare themselves for a proper pull up, i.e inverted rows, deadlifts, loaded carries, lat pull downs. The main thing to remember is to focus on the movement and stay controlled because you don’t want to strain or pull muscles during the exercise.  I have seen so many people at my gym do pull ups and do them half ass, knowing they cannot get their chin over the bar, but they instead aim for speed and their body movement is hardly ever controlled. Do not be those people. LOL. This is a hard exercise, everyone knows this, if you want to do something like this and be good at it, then you need to use proper form and technique and know your weaknesses so that you can improve them. 
 
Variations of pull ups: 
  • Weighted pull up
  • Muscle ups
  • Around the world pull ups
  • Clapping pull ups – yes people do these on youtube, and it is very cool, but again.. no one needs to go to these extremes in order to make a point.
  • One arm pull up
  • Parallel pull up
  • Cliffhanger pull ups
  • Towel pull ups
  • Wide grip pull up
  • chin up/ underhand pull up
  • Kipping pull up
  • Close grip pull up
  • pull up with alternating knee twist
  • pull up with leg raise 
Personally I have only done the neutral grip pull up, but have seen many people be able to do different variations of pull ups that show their strength. If you are someone who does more advanced pull ups, share with me which variations you are capable of doing, favorite variations, and if you use weight; how much? Also if you are someone who wants one on on help or advice about being able to do a pull up do not be afraid to contact me. Typically women have less upper body strength compared to men, so for women this exercise will be a bit more difficult but is very possible! 
For those of you who may need assistance in doing a pull up, there is nothing wrong with that until you are strong enough to do them on your own.  Today I did pull ups with assistance because I had done upper body exercise yesterday and my arms were killing me today, if you don’t have a machine that can help assist you in doing a pull up, you may have a partner help you as well. This is one exercise you do not want to miss out on, because of all of the benefits: 
  1. Multi-joint exercise
  2. convenient
  3. different variations
  4. improves grip strength
  5. strengthens the lats, back, biceps, shoulders, and the abdominal area. 
Pull-ups are a great exercise and can be combined with push exercises during a circuit or workout regimen to get the most out of your workout session. I hope that some of this information will give you the needed help necessary in order to accomplish this exercise, feel free to share! 
Thanks for reading! 
Your fitness blogger,
Shay-lon xoxo