Jim, how would you incorporate chin-ups to the basic 5/3/1 4-day routine if your goal was to increase 1 RM? Currently I’m about 95 kgs and my max chin (from straight hands to locking the bar to upper chest) is around 55-60 kgs. So far I’ve done them on the press day as a “1st or 2nd 5/3/1 movement” (what a bastard) and repping on them on other days.
Here’s some Finnish chin up strength http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbN1eeAR6NQ [/quote]
I wouldn’t really know where to start - chin-up strength isn’t terribly important to me. I just do some chins and do them weighted whenever I feel like it. Because I had a athletic upbringing and physical fitness was important in my schooling, chin-ups were similar to learning the alphabet. In other words, it’s not a big deal.
Perhaps others have more suggestions for you but I never found the chin-up to be anything more than a very basic assistance exercise. I’ve always been more concerned with squats and cleans. At least when for the first 15 years of training.