July 28, 2014 12:21 PM

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Setting aside the debate about whether or not that meant women were fit for duty, the Marine Corps news sparked a number of questions, chief among them: Why are pull-ups so hard for women? But it also provided some relief for pull-up-challenged non-Marine women like me -- if even female Marine recruits struggle with pull-ups, at least I'm not alone!

National fitness expert and HuffPost blogger Chris Freytag, founder of Get Healthy U, assured me recently that I'm definitely not alone in my quest to do a pull-up. Pull-ups, she says, are among the most challenging of bodyweight exercises, and being able to do even just a few is proof someone is se...

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