So why do I need to be able to do pull ups? Well you don’t because the chances of you falling off the edge of a mountain and hanging on by a finger and then pulling yourself up like in the movies are pretty minimal. “So why do you make me practice them Leigh ?”.
The answer here is a little more boring than the notion that one day you will be so good at pull ups that you can swing through the tree likes the monkeys. The answer applies to all things that you do when you are strength and fitness training.
Everything you do in the gym is usually incredibly harder than what you are used to doing in your day to day life, and so if you become stronger and fitter in the gym, all things outside that space will become dramatically easier to do. So looking at the pull ups for example, you’re using your back, your arms and a whole host of supporting muscles, so when it comes to lifting up those super heavy suitcases they are as light as a feather and you are used to firing up the right muscles in order to do the job safely and effectively. It is a great feeling to be in charge of your body and be capable to do anything you wish, so exercises like pull ups, push ups, squats, burpees and lunges all have there own application in day to day life. Training your body to be better at what it is designed to do and to be healthier should be your only objective when fitness training. The added side effect of all this healthy eating and exercising is that your body will also look great !
Circuit training is a great way to get a whole range of exercises done in a short space of time, and also gets the heart rate up so you get fitter. Click this link for some more information on circuit training.