If you’re a woman who regularly works out, one exercise that remains elusive: the pull-up 

Researchers who documented women on their fitness journeys found that only a small percentage of them were able to perform the exercise 

So why do many women struggle do a pull-up, even if they’re exceptionally fit and capable of other challenging exercises? 

According to trainer Tony Coffey, founder of Bloom Training, one challenge is the distribution of muscle 

Biological males naturally have larger frames, with a greater potential to hold more lean body mass and muscle 

Yet just because women tend to have less muscle strength in their upper extremities — making pull-ups a challenge 

It doesn’t mean that they have to miss out on all of the benefits a pull-up can provide. The exercise strengthens your arms, but also your shoulders, core and back 

If you want to work your way up to a pull-up, the experts suggest trying different exercises first, which all have their own strengthening benefits