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Written By : Scott Bird
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The chin-ups that fronted last Wednesday’s workout took a little more of a toll than I would have liked, and were accordingly relegated to a happy home well behind the core exercise. In the interest of variety (and expressing a slight tendency to make things that little bit more difficult) I switched over to a pronated grip, removed the thumbs from the equation by placing them on top with the fingers, and did them from the slippery square bar at the rear of the cage. Fun.
These were coupled with a few sets of Bent rows, which haven’t made an appearance for a while. Just to finish things off, I closed with a quick set of common-or-garden variety chin-ups – this time from the comparitively normal chin-up bar.
Bench press 20@20kg, 10@40kg, 5@50kg, 5@60kg, 3@65kg, 3@70kg, 3@75kg, 1@80kg
Tricep extension (barbell) 4×8@40kg
Pull-up (no thumbs, rear of cage) 6@bw
Bent row 10,10,5,2 @60kg
Chin-up 5@bw

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Written By Scott Bird
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