I was looking forward to trying out the recent one arm chin advice. I’ve been doing chins now for quite a while and they have hit a plateau big time. Hopefully this might let me bust through!
However, being a mere mortal with no hope in hell of supporting my weight with one arm or massively rearranging my commercial gym, I had to adjust it a bit.
It occured to me that you can do this thing on the lat pull down if you get the right handle on it. I’m figuring I can really up the tension by using the other hand to assist on the pull but using only one arm on the release.
I expected as much, but my left arm is a fair bit weaker than the right arm - failing on the grip sooner and working harder in general. Whats cool is that I know I’m upping the effort level as I’m doing more than half my bodyweight.
I wonder, maybe the same principle could be used benching on the smith machine? Let the second arm assist on the way up and go very heavy on one arm on the way down.
I realize the smith or the pulldown aren’t the same and don’t carry across directly, but hopefully the ability to overload will help make up for it. Since I don’t have a training partner it at least makes it feasible.