Push-ups and pull-ups have long been considered the two best exercises you can do to coach your torso. The reason for that is both of these exercises target every major muscle group of the torso. You'd be surprised as to how good of shape you can get into when you only perform these two exercises. Ask anyone who has been through 'boot camp' and see what kind of shape they're in? Question them what exercises they did?
There are 3 good reasons why you should do both movements or exercises.
1. Saves time...these two exercises are compound movements, meaning they target more than one muscle at any given time. Both of these exercises permit you to train all the major muscle groups of the torso. This really is helpful if time is really a factor in your busy schedule.
2. Targets all the major muscles of your torso. Push-ups or any kind of pushing movement like a bench press targets your chest, shoulders and triceps - half your torso. Pull-ups or any type of pulling motion targets a completely different set of muscles. The pulling motion targets your back, biceps and forearm - the other major muscles of the upper body.
3. Reduces upper back and neck pain. Lots of shoulders and neck pain is caused by muscle imbalance, brought on by over-training certain muscles over others. The fact that just about anyone can perform push-up or modified push-up makes it simple and easy to include this exercise. Unfortunately a lot of people can't do pull-ups. Nearly all women along with a large number of men can't do just a few pull-ups, so they neglect this important exercise. This plays a role in muscle imbalance and a contributing factor to shoulders and neck pain. Performing an equal number of sets of both push-ups and pull-ups can help reduce the your chance of shoulders and neck pain. Modified or Australian pull-ups are a good substitute for people who can't do a complete pull-up. The benefit of the modified pull-up is it allows you to off-load a certain amount of your personal body weight, thus enabling you to get the same advantage of a pull-up.
It's unfortunately, but both men and women are equally guilty of omitting pull-ups to their workout, and over-training their chest muscles. If you happen to be researching ways to add definition for your body be sure you train virtually all of the muscles of your upper body - not only the beautiful muscles you can see in the mirror. Whether it's free-standing pull-ups or modified pull-ups they are an excellent accessory for add to your training routine.