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    Chin-ups. Do them now. Yes, 6 weeks into SS.

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    I do them (assisted pull-ups) but I do 3 sets of 5 and then increase weight next workout. Maybe I should do an increased # of reps on those?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidFatHobbit View Post
    I do them (assisted pull-ups) but I do 3 sets of 5 and then increase weight next workout. Maybe I should do an increased # of reps on those?
    Three sets of five reps is just fine. However, for the purposes of guns, do chin-ups (palms of your hand facing you, i.e. more bicep recruitment) instead of pull-ups. Increasing the weight is good too.

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    OK Thanks. The main reason I haven't done chin ups is that the pull-up / chin up machine at my gym has the hand grips canted at a slightly downward angle. This makes positioning palms towards the face very uncomfortable. There is an alternate grip at 90 degrees though (held like a hammer curl, thumbs toward face). Would that be better for biceps?

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidFatHobbit View Post
    OK Thanks. The main reason I haven't done chin ups is that the pull-up / chin up machine at my gym has the hand grips canted at a slightly downward angle. This makes positioning palms towards the face very uncomfortable. There is an alternate grip at 90 degrees though (held like a hammer curl, thumbs toward face). Would that be better for biceps?
    Do you have a Smith machine, or a flat bar at your gym? If so, you can get some rubber bands for assistance, or do jumping chin-ups and/or negatives.

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    Yes there are flat bars (unassisted). I don't know if I'm even at 1RM = bodyweight yet, though (prob not, especially with all this eating...)

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    Quote Originally Posted by StupidFatHobbit View Post
    Yes there are flat bars (unassisted). I don't know if I'm even at 1RM = bodyweight yet, though (prob not, especially with all this eating...)
    You can do jumping chin-ups. Then jumping chin-ups into negatives (lower yourself slowly). You'll get there.

    By the way, can you do at least 10 push-ups?

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    Yes, but I think I may have done them wrong all my life. I always did them with elbows pointing out and only discovered recently that apparently you're supposed to have your elbows pointing back (towards feet), which makes them harder.

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    I also always did push-ups "elbows out" until somebody told me it was wrong. Glad to know I'm not the only one! These days I keep inching my hands lower and lower and put less weight on my feet so I'm raising most of my body weight with my arms alone. I actually find "elbows in" to be easier, like I can recruit my lats toward the bottom.


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    Wow I find it way harder.

    OK I just checked using a nearby roof truss... It turns out I can actually do 1 chin up and almost 1 pull-up (got up to about eye height then tired out). Maybe I would have been able to do the pull-up if I tried that first. Who knew!

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