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Chin Ups vs. Pull Ups


#1

Is one particularly better than the other?

My workouts are basically all body weight, because I workout at my house and I don't have much equipment.

So I don't have much bicep work so I figure I should do chins.

However, should I do chins and pull ups? or is one sufficient? of is it best to mix the two together?


#2

I think chins are a little better for the biceps and pull ups are a little better for the lats.


#3

I think everyone is different, but for me, chins, palms facing toward me, close grip, not only hit the bi's, but seem to give me a better lat workout as well. I know many go for the wide grip pull ups to hit back, but frankly, for me at least, narrow grip chins give me a better back pump than anything.


#4

I thought chin ups and pull ups were the same thing?


#5

Chins definitely work my biceps better than pull ups. Check out the article posted today by Mike Robertson where he makes reference to those moves and their muscle recruitment.

http://www.T-Nation.com/readTopic.do?id=918697

Christopher


#6

I do both, I find one helps the other, I started just doing pullups, but when I added chinups in there as well my pullups started to improve.


#7

If anything, I'd recommend working all sorts of grips (including neutral) and hand spacings. I prefer the neutral more than anything for a back pump, but if your goal is to work the biceps, I would focus more on the chin-ups. I know CrossFit is bordering blasphemy around here, but you might also want to look into 'kipping' during chins and pull-ups to help add to your dead hang numbers.

Pull-ups come in all sorts of grips and hand spacings; a chin-up is a pull-up with a palms-in grip. It's kind of like how a square is a type of rectangle but a rectangle is not a square.