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    Work chins up or pulldowns?

    Question time-I've been doin' Seated High Row 3x8
    Seated Straight Back Cable Row 3x8
    Rear Pulldowns 3x8
    close Grip Pulldowns 3x8
    And warmin' up with 30 reps on the rowing machine at a low resistance. Now, my chins strength is pathetic due to my bodyweight, Should i replace one o the pulldown excersises with assisted chins till i can do 3x8 chins unassisted with my own bodyweight or stick with that?
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    Make chinups the goal of your back workout.

    1) Don't do pulldowns behind your neck.
    2) Don't do wide grip pulldowns.
    3) Do assisted chinups, preferably with a partner holding your ankles rather than a machine, or using bands.
    4) After that, work on pulldowns.
    5) Do all of your other back work after that.

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    Cheers dude, great help.
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    Have to agree. Chins should be your goal. Try doing negatives when you can no longer pull yourself up. Lower yourself as slowly as possible from the top position. Repeat a couple of times. These are great for building up your reps on chins.

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    I'm ditchin the pulldowns completely and doin straight arm cable pulldown's instead. http://www.exrx.net/WeightExercises/...mPulldown.html Pulldowns dont seem to b doin much.

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    Oh, and what are negative chins?

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    Negative chins: step up on a chair or something so that your chin is above the bar, grap the bar in pullup or chinup position, step off the chain and lower yourself in a slow and controlled manner.

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    so basically your only doing the second, downward motion of the pullup?

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    Right.

    Negatives are common technique for many lifts, and are the portion where the target muscle is lengthening/relaxing rather than contracting.

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    I'll give em a try, i can lift heavy its just that i have a high bodyweight so i'll have 2 work on em, ill get there though.

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