I would like to include chins in my back workout as they are obviously the best width builder around but I have a few queries. Firstly I am 6 foot 2, how wide should my hands be, very wide or medium width? Secondly I struggle at the moment to do one or two so I ahve been doing them on the assisted chins machine until my strength gets up, is this ok? Lastly when I do my assisted chins I use good slow technique but never feel a pump ion my lats, it's more around my shoulder joint. Anyone else get this or know why it happens? What are your opinions?
Put them at the beginning of your workout...
I find chins with a palm outwards grip very hard to do and I find them not as efffecitive as palm inwards at a slight angel with a shoulder width grip...
I would go freewieght and get some one to help you get to 6.. Soon you'll be chinning 6 by yourself..
I found once I got to 6-7 I could not progress to 10 or 12 no matter how hard I treid so i started chinning with a 5 k plate.... I only got 3 the first time, then 1,1 with some forced reps on too.. Now I am on 7,6,4 for 3 sets with a 5 k plate.. Another few weeks and I will up it...
I would say free weight with some one helping you is better than the crappy machine...
When your palms are facing you will you not hit your biceps more than pure lat?
from what ive read (correct me if im wrong) the palms facing in will put your biceps in the strongest position so that you can effectively hit your lats....ive tried the palms out wide grip and my arms fail before i really feel anything in my back. with palms in, i can do many more chins and actually feel it working my lats...
Fair point, I hadn't really thought about it like that. In thet case how wide would you have your hands, shoulder width, wider, narrower???????
Im 6ft 2" too but thats irrelevent. I've always found chins to be most productive when I slow the reps down and really feel the negative part of the rep.
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If you can do 2 or 3 reps just do as many as you can do, your strength will get up there soon. I usually take a very slightly wider than shoulder width grip. If you can't feel it in your back, try pulling your body up, almost parallel to the floor at the end of the movement.
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