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Blast from the Past : Getting Over It – Chin-ups & Pull-ups
Posted By Scott Bird
Weighted Chin

Serious weighted chins. Superb.

Over the past five years this site’s amassed an enormous amount of content. To help you find the highlights, I’ll be taking a wander through the archives each Sunday.

This week – Getting Over It – Chin-ups & Pull-ups.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve loved doing chin-ups. Monkey Bars in the school playground, the backs of doors and of course the power rack. Here are just a few of the many varieties of chins and pull-ups we’ve looked at over the years :

Further reading

Want more? Take a look at these :

  • Fattening up the chin-up bar
    This is a great way to increase the grip component of any pull-up variety you perform. As a bonus, it often eliminates any elbow pain caused by your chinning work.
  • Gorilla Chins
    I love these. Gorilla Chins are simply a combination of a Hanging Knee Raise and a standard chin-up, which certainly gets the blood pumping. Good fun.
  • Weighted Pull-ups on a Moving Bus
    There are many ways to make your chins and pull-ups a little more challenging, including this : performing them on a moving bus. Great idea.


Wondering what to use? How about these :

  • Jungle Gym
    As shown in the ‘Pull-up Progressions‘ clip above, it’s a perfect way to use any quantity of assistance. Just hook it up and go.
  • Iron Woody bands
    Whether you use them for assistance or resistance, bands are fantastic things. And as you’ll quickly discover, they’re incredibly versatile.
  • Weight Belt
    Looking to add a bit of weight to your chins and pull-ups? This is a great way to do it. Also ideal for weighted dips.

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