Goodbye, flexed-arm hang; hello, pull-ups!— published: 03-01-2013
The Marine Corps recently announced that as of January 1, 2014, all women must perform pull-ups as a part of their physical fitness test. A one-year transition period started January 1, 2013, to give Marines time to adjust to the new standards. Women will have to perform at least three pull-ups to pass, while eight pull-ups will earn maximum points. Training programs have already been put in place for women to improve their upper-body strength and pull-up technique. These strength-training programs will benefit any Warfighter or individual who wants to increase upper body strength. If you’re looking to shake up—or “pull up”—your resistance-training routine, give suspension training a try. It’s popular in the military because of its practicality—it requires little equipment and can be performed almost anywhere.
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