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Posted: 23 May 2006 at 16:54 | IP Logged Quote blauthy

I really would like to be able to do chinups, as I know that they are very good upper body exercise, however I am not strong enough to do even one from full extension of the arms, either over or underarm grip. How can I build up the muscles required without doing chin-ups? (I try to go as far as possible several times a day to build up these muscles a bit) i.e. using dumbells or regular gym machines.


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Posted: 23 May 2006 at 17:40 | IP Logged Quote Rave

What worked for me was single arm dumbell rows.  Bend at the waist, put one hand on a bench and row a dumbell.  You could also try negatives, as well as using a resistance band to aid you, ala Never Gymless.  Also, try body rows.  this is where you use a lower bar and your feet are on the ground with your body at an angle.  This works alot of the same muscles.  With persistence, you will get there.

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Posted: 19 June 2006 at 07:05 | IP Logged Quote krakd1

The best way I have found to simulate chin ups is do handstand.  If you don't have the balance, put your back to a wall and just climb your feet up to a handstand.  Then simply hold your weight as long as you can. Then progress by slowly lowering yourself a bit(not much) then push back to the handstand.  After awhile you will get the strength to do handstand pushups.  Then try a chin up, you'll probably be surprised
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Posted: 22 June 2006 at 21:29 | IP Logged Quote Mykola1

My advice - negatives

You come up to the bar, jump up, pull yourself a bit to a chin up position and.... slowly.... 1-ee-2-ee-3-ee-4... you go down

Jump up again and again go down

Once more

I used to it 5 times in a row chaging my grips

I did it at twice a day for a week. And then i tried and made my first pull up after maany years.


Karkad, can you give me some more advice. I wish to stand on my hands and do hand stand push ups

Can not at the moment

Feels somehow queer when I try to walk my feet up the wall


By the way. With Mozilla I can nnot reach this forum. Only forum. But no problems with the main site

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