Hi CT, quick question.
I barely feel my lats or back when doing weighted chins, only in my biceps and particularly around the elbow joint. My weighted chin up is decent (1RM is ~115lb attached at 145lb bodyweight) and I do them from a dead hang with no leg momentum, so I'm not overloading them by kipping.
I assume the lats must be doing something since I doubt I could get that kind of weight up using just the biceps, and the lift is still progressing, so is it a case where my back is used to the load and so I only feel it in my biceps? If so, do I just keep doing what I'm doing and ignore it? My goal is to increase the weight on my chin up so I'd like to recruit as much of my back as possible rather than putting most of it on my biceps.
Are there any exercises or cues you could recommend to increase lat activation? I've been using the standard technique of "imagine your arms are hooks and pull elbows to back pockets" but is there something else that could help? I do not have access to machines so I can't isolate my lats with cables and such.