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" IT'S A MULTI-JOINT EXERCISE
When compound exercises are mentioned, the main ones that probably pop in your mind are: deadlift, bench press, squat, and the shoulder press. All of these exercises have 2 things in common first, they're performed by lifting heavy weight, and secondly, they are performed by using many muscles at once.
But we often forget to mention that pull ups are also a compound exercise. Lifting your whole body from the floor by hanging on a bar requires more power than can be projected through a single muscle.
It doesn't require much work from the lower portion of the body, but all the upper body muscles, including the lats, traps, deltoids, pecs, biceps, forearms and triceps, get in on the action.
So what are the benefits of training many muscle groups at once? Well, there are quite a few.
First of all, you're building functional strength. If you find yourself in a fight, or in any physically demanding situation in real life, you will inevitably realize that there is no way to "isolate" the muscle that will perform the task.
You need to use your whole body. If your workouts are focused too much on isolation exercises, you might build a pretty set of biceps, but they won't be strong in a functional sense. Pull ups build the strength of your whole upper body in a natural way, so that you can use this strength outside of the gym as well.
Another benefit is saving time. If you train each of these muscles separately, you'll need a lot more time to get the job done. Pull ups do the job of many exercises through one single movement.
The third benefit is quite obvious. Pull ups can be performed with minimal gym equipment. You can do them anywhere, as long as you have a relatively high platform to hang unto and pull yourself from the ground.
This means that you can really do them every day, even if you don't feel like going to the gym." livefit.com