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    I'll agree, chin-ups are a really good exercise for putting on muscle and increasing overall strength and energy.

    The only problem is that they tend to be hard as fuck to do and require a lot of energy until you're in shape enough to be able to do say, ten of them. If you can't lift your body weight doing a chin-up, they have assisted chin-up machines at gyms which will negate some of your own body weight, which is really helpful and makes it a lot easier to see your strength grow.

    From personal experience, I'm going to say that doing chin-ups are much more effective for increasing strength than doing three separate exercises like the lat. pull-down, shoulder press, and the tricep extension. And who doesn't want a sexy back and shoulders?
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    If you can't do 10 reps one way to build your chin up strength is by doing multiple sets of low reps. If for example you can do 5 reps do 8 sets of 3. Total over 24 each training session. Do them 2 times a week and never go to failure. As you are able to do more reps you can decrease the total sets.?

    It's worked really well with a lot of people I've trained.

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    I have had a crazy day at the gym today - and you'd be proud of me because I'm doing rowing as a part of my cardiovascular AND weight training exercise. Along with other things, of course.

    Today I did:

    20 minutes of elliptical
    45 minutes of weight training
    15 minutes of rowing
    40 minutes stepper
    10 minutes elliptical

    Now I feel like.... :yawwwwwwn:

    Okay, I'm not a man, but who gives a crap?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Biaxident View Post
    Heh...I started lifting because I didn't want to look like Jabba the Hut, and I got tired of being teased.

    All I know is, compound(multiple joint) exercises are the base on which a balanced musculature is built. Isolation(single joint) exercises are the icing on the cake, helping you bring a lagging body part up to par.

    And for those of us who look at food and gain fat, compound lifts rev up the metabolism.

    That being said, your genetics play a role in how much you grow, and the appearance of your muscles. What grows easiest, and how long it takes to reach the point you want.
    u just summed my last post up in a much more readable form lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by mlittrell View Post
    u just summed my last post up in a much more readable form lol

    i talk too much haha
    S'ok, I won't hold it against you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Linguist View Post
    I have had a crazy day at the gym today - and you'd be proud of me because I'm doing rowing as a part of my cardiovascular AND weight training exercise. Along with other things, of course.

    Today I did:

    20 minutes of elliptical
    45 minutes of weight training
    15 minutes of rowing
    40 minutes stepper
    10 minutes elliptical

    Now I feel like.... :yawwwwwwn:

    Okay, I'm not a man, but who gives a crap?
    Awesome work Little Linguist. Keep it up

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    Quote Originally Posted by wolfy View Post
    If you can't do 10 reps one way to build your chin up strength is by doing multiple sets of low reps. If for example you can do 5 reps do 8 sets of 3. Total over 24 each training session. Do them 2 times a week and never go to failure. As you are able to do more reps you can decrease the total sets.?

    It's worked really well with a lot of people I've trained.
    That's a great tip Wolfy. I think often it's that people lack the core strength that ties all of their musculature together, which causes premature muscle failure in the primary movers doing the work.

    So someone may not be able to 10 pull ups because their core can't control the movement of their lower body. Allowing for recovery and doing many sets is a way to overcome this until your overall strength starts coming together.

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    I wish I could do a chin up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kangirl View Post
    I wish I could do a chin up.
    Would you believe i got a bit choked up when demi moore did a chin up in that navy seal movie. Hmm, sais alot about male body image. oops
    everyone uses every function about evenly. take NE for example. if there are those who don't use it much, then why are there such massive amounts of people constantly flowing through Wallmart with 20 items or less?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kangirl View Post
    I wish I could do a chin up.
    I'm getting there - I've gotten up to 41 kg on the pull-up machine!!!!! I'll be there soon!
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