Many of us are stopped from being able to do pull-ups is our mistaken belief that we can't do it. The notion inside our mind that we can't do a pull-up is a major reason for our incapacity to do it.
Another reason most people cannot do pull-ups is the lack of regular practice. The gym-goers use equipment that narrows their muscle variations and doesn't replicate the real action of a pull-up.
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