The chin-up is the ultimate upper body pulling exercise. It requires a lot of strength to do though as unlike most other resistance exercises, we can’t change the load – we weigh what we weigh! It works the muscles of the upper back and the arms while the whole body has to work on keeping tight and maintain tension so that it can be transferred from the working muscles.
The Chin-up is a realistic goal but normally only as you pass the 6 month mark to the year and of course it depends a lot on your current body composition. If you have been progressing your pulling exercises and have mastered the negative (or eccentric) chin then it’s time to try the full thing. More advanced gym-goers are able to add extra resistance using a weights belt to keep the chin progressing.
What are the key technique points?
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Allan Young is a Personal Trainer and coach educator in Glasgow who operates Strength Coach Glasgow and is a 4x Scottish Champion Olympic Weightlifter.