OK, well maybe I’m making too much of this. If I do a 5x4, I can get my head above the bar for all except the last rep of the last set. I thought I had to touch my sternum to the bar to get the full benefit, and I can only do that about 5 times.
Should I just keep at it with no weight until I can touch my sternum for the full 5x5? Also, I dunno if it makes a difference, but the gym has that funky split pull up bar that angles down just a little bit.
I am mixing up grips, I do a 5x5 of chins on Tuesday,and a 5x4 of pull ups on Friday.
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One of the worst lifting mistakes I’ve ever made was staying married to a rep scheme You have the same rep scheme twice a week and the closer those workouts are to a true max effort (going to failure) the quicker your body will adapt.
Try going a little higher or lower for reps, work up to a max single, double or triple, etc.
Also farmer’s walks helped my chins as well, something to consider.