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Chin-Ups Require Back

—– The finishing success on my chin-ups rests in upper-back strength.  My bicep pumps are fine, of half-chin-up partials.  But I need more strength in my shoulders and upper back to launch my chin over the bar.

—– Even when the biceps contract the arms entirely, so the forearm and the upper arm are entirely constricted together, my chin isn’t necessarily over the bar.  But a shoulder-shrug, and a vertical row from a seated position, and a lateral pull-down with a wider hand spread can all help pull that chin up the last three inches.
—– In a few months I’ll have the chin-up, if the back and shoulder strength increase.  But chin-up success won’t come this month or in April either.

 

Copyright (c) K Jay Willis 2016 All Rights Reserved.

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