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nigelnire 06-21-2008 07:57 AM

Whatever happened to chin ups !
Been noticing lately that very few workouts seem to contain wide grip chin ups. Back in the 80s everyone seemed to do them I would do 3 weighted sets front and 3 sets to the back of the neck also close grip bicep chins. Im crap at them now but I hope to get back to them soon.
I rarely see anyone do them at my gym im mystified because I think they hit the lats better than Lat pulldowns just my opinion. Any thoughts?

john917v 06-21-2008 08:27 AM

I absolutely think they do. I don't think lat pull downs are that great. My weight-training coach wouldn't even let us touch them!!

_Wolf_ 06-21-2008 09:18 AM


Originally Posted by nigelnire

the same thing that happened to Deep Squats and Deadlifts.

Joker13 06-21-2008 10:14 AM

Whatever happened to chin ups !

They are hard to do, and make me feel like a weakling.

That being said, I do them 3 days a week on cardio days, and also on my back day at the gym.....I still hate them though

nigelnire 06-21-2008 11:10 AM

Yes hard to do but thatís a good thing same with Squats and dead lifts. I used to love chins and dead lifts perhaps im mad, Being honest I hated Squats but I always did them as I knew they were the best thing you could do to grow. front and back right down ass to ground.
I hope to get back to all of them soon once my back improves. At present im 205 Ibls at 5,8 once I loose some excess weight and build up strength ill be ditching pulldowns for chins. Perhaps some guys feel that they cant do enough reps and are afraid to look stupid in the gym basically because of pride. The only person ive seen chin at my gym in the past 7 weeks since I resumed training was a young guy around 17 who did a set. Thereís a lot of big powelifters who hog the squat rack as their own but they never go near the chin up bar I reckon thereís dust on it:biglaugh:

Pitysister 06-21-2008 06:33 PM

pullups and chins are one of my favorite things to do, i love them :)

EricT 06-22-2008 01:17 PM

I'm a pullup/chinup junky. I actually treat them as a priority in many ways.

widdoes2504 06-23-2008 05:10 AM

Chins are a staple of my routine. Love em.

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