Do 8-12 reps, 2-3 sets.
Pull-ups work many of the same muscles that lat pull-downs do. They may actually be a bit harder to do, since they require that you be able to lift your entire body weight. Here is what to do:
- Grip the pull-up bar at a grip that is wider than shoulder-width.
- Start in a hanging position, with straight elbows.
- Pull yourself up, clearing the bar with your chin on each rep.
- Breathe when you are at the bottom, rather than at the top.