Chin ups or pull ups – great body weight exercise that is abandoned nowadays because it’s deemed too difficult for our youngsters in the army.
This video has some excellent advice on how to strengthen the upper body and do more chin ups. Don’t just do the standard chin ups or pull ups. Vary the grips, positions and movements. Use the low bar – which can get very challenging and productive if you progress to one arm pulls. That’s how you train more muscles and increase overall strength.
The video below shares a tip which I myself have not been aware of – use your back muscles. It’s not easy to coordinate your back muscles to get them to contract into the active hang position. The elastic is excellent advice.
The video below is also very informative. Someone commented that there seems to be no gravity where Chris and his partner are performing the pull ups. Great form and great execution. This is the kind of body we should all aim for and not the beefy, bulky type.
The very simple equipment featured in these videos can be found in many playgrounds all over Singapore, but recently, I’ve observed that they have removed the bars during playground upgrades because they are no longer in use. Let’s hope I can still find these simple structures in estates that are not “upgraded” for the benefit of the delicate new generation.
This is the kind of body we should all aim for and not the bulky, beefy, chunky look. Get a nice, ripped, functional and “normal” looking body. Get on with your pull/chin ups.