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    Question Wide Grip Pull-ups: how far?

    Alright, when doing Wide Grip Pull-ups, do you come up to chin level and squeeze or go up and touch bar to chest like Lat pull-down. All the BB's I see do it go to chin level.
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    as far as you can get them IMO the better they are at widening the lats.

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    What if you can't do a normal one and you need to use the weighted machine one? I admit it I'm to heavy for my back to pull my own weight up so I need the assistance heh. But should I make it heavier so I can go higher and tense my back more or try and do as much of my body weight as possible even though
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    just start with half reps and work your way up. don't use teh machine, just get as many as you can naturally, even if that means halves. eventually you will adapt and start to bang them out.

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    I agree with Gr81. I started with the machine and used it for over a year and never seemed to get any closer to doing one by myself. Then I said screw it, I'm sticking with heavy Lat pulldowns and trying pull-ups on my own. Great way to do it!
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    Try and go through the fullest range of motion you can so you involve all the muscles as much as possible.

    I used to be a chin up addict while in the military and at my best (years ago, 1990) could do over 40 chins (wide pronated grip pulled to front) in one set. I weighed 180 lbs at the time. I had worked my way up to doing weighted chins with an additional 100lbs for several reps.

    The first thing I would do on back day is chin until I had done 100 total reps. I would vary the grip and use both pronated and supinated grips. Work in rowing and lower back movements also to get complete back work.

    I have found that most people even in good shape have difficulty doing more than 10-12 proper chins.

    I get disgusted at myself when I cannot jump up and knock out at least 20 chins. It is a personal thing.
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    yeah chin ups are hard as hell. I can usually only get in 8 good ones and like 2 half ass ones. Keep at it bro it'll come. I'm still can't add any weights to my sets yet.
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    Good ones I can't do more than 8 probably.
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    I like pull-ups even though I can do only six full ones. Where I workout I use our squat rack which has a thick bar high enough to do pull ups. Since we dont have a regular chin bar, I use the thick bar attached to the squat rack. Maybe best of both worlds, I can build a decent back ( when I can finally get over 15 reps ) and work on my grip. Just curious, does n e body else in here do chins/pulls like this ( w/ a thick bar ) ?
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    Originally posted by Chad Cena III
    I like pull-ups even though I can do only six full ones. Where I workout I use our squat rack which has a thick bar high enough to do pull ups. Since we dont have a regular chin bar, I use the thick bar attached to the squat rack. Maybe best of both worlds, I can build a decent back ( when I can finally get over 15 reps ) and work on my grip. Just curious, does n e body else in here do chins/pulls like this ( w/ a thick bar ) ?
    I find a thicker bar, say 1.25 inches, is easier to get a proper grip and will yeild better results. It must be knurled though, slick bars are almost impossible to hang onto if they are larger.
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    Do you all use straps?
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    I have no real grip issues so straps are not necessary for me. My back fails before my grip dies.

    I probably owe this to many years of rock climbing. My grip has waned here of late but still has enough to do the chins.
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    My grip doesn't fail either, but I find more emphasis on back and less on arms when I use straps.
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    Well I guess its time to do them the old fashioned way. O man I can already see the guys in my gym making fun of me now heh. I guess my time will come when I can do something they can't but for now I'll just go to the gym when there is no one there heh. Thanks guys
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