[quote]There is no excuse for not doing them, unless you are severely overweight or a 300lb behemot of pure muscle like Markus Ruhl, for instance xD.
Even if you carry quite some fat and find chins & pullups really difficult, you can always do them with bands as assistance for the movement.[/quote]
I used to be 235 and quite fat and I still did them. I just did 3 or 4 reps a set until I reached a certain number (20-30) and then I’d either add a set or more reps. When I stalled out I’d change my hand position. Occasionally for the first rep I’d “jump” up to the bar, but for the most part it was from a dead hang.
In my experience, pullups will do more for fat people than almost any other back exercise, simply because they’re so hard to do.
Only excuse for not doing them is because you already have quite a bit of meat on your back, imo. Nothing will get you wider quicker.
[quote]Why? What is the draw in avoiding certain pieces of equipment or exercises that have proven to be effective?
I just don’t get this mindset. [/quote]
When you see an advanced guy say he doesn’t do a certain movement, some people are going to follow what the person says…and ignore the fact that the advanced trainee did said movement for years until he was so big and strong that he really doesn’t get anything out of it anymore and may well risk injury by doing it.
This and laziness.