Putting all of that weight around your neck is not a bright idea. You can really mess up your cervical spine doing this and honestly does the benefit outweigh the negative? Absolutely not, a strain or sprain to the cervical vertebrae can be incredibly painful.[/quote]
I disagree. I did chins with 90 pounds around my 15 inch neck in high school and got on just fine.
Seriously OP, listen. Treat them like any other lift. You wouldn’t try to get good at benching by going to failure twice a day with the same weight, why would you do it with chinups? Ramp up to a top set, vary weights and rep ranges, let them rest as much as they need then hit them again. Hell, I’ve used the 5/3/1 template on them with some success and now do something pretty similar.
A laptop bag full of rocks can be fine per se, but you’ll want to be able to add more weight. I’d recommend joining a gym. If you don’t want to do that, buy an olympic barbell, more weight than you can deadlift, 2 oly db handles and lift at home. Weights last forever and make it way easier to manipulate weight for chinups. They’re also the answer if you want to be considered very strong.
Dip belts are nice. If you’re too cheap, rope/chain and a carabiner works very well.
Also, read this: It will break some mental barriers concerning weighted chins.
You can disagree but that doesn’t make you right. Just because it didn’t happen to you doesn’t mean it’s a safe movement for the neck. That’s like saying oh I smoked for 100 years of my life and didn’t get lung cancer so neither will you. There will always be exceptions to the norm, and placing a weight that you continue to increase around your neck (constantly) will generally end up with some sort of injury. Unless you have studied the spine more than I have then I guess you can enlighten me on how this will not put an unnecessary strain on the cervical spine?