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How to Do a Chin-Up for a Back Workout

Learn how to do a chin-up from certified personal trainer Max Tapper in this home back workout for men video from Howcast.


Hi, guys. This is Max Tapper again for Howcast. And what I'm going to show you guys how to do today, is a chin up. Yes, the old school chin up. They're still one of the most effective exercises at building nice, beefy, strong back muscles. Right?

So the only difference between a chin up and a regular lat pull up, is that your hands will be much closer, and your hands are going to be facing you. Okay? So you're going to get a lot of lat work, but you're also going to get a huge amount of biceps in this exercise. So it's going to be a really, really nice exercise to involve a lot of other muscles at the same time. Alright?

Let me show you how this works. We're going to reach up. Hands are going to face me, and they're going to be semi-close. Maybe about the distance of my shoulders. Now, all we're doing is lifting up slowly and controlled. And slow back down. Extend slow and controlled. And slow back down. One more time. Slow and controlled. Slow back down.

Now, again, guys, remember, if you're swinging, you're not in control. So make sure you lower yourself slow and under control, and you're lifting yourself up under control. Another one of those 1A exercises that build a nice, beefy back.

I love pull ups. No matter where they are, if I see a bar anywhere, I see a tree, I'm going to jump on it and try to do as many pull ups as possible. And that's also an excellent, excellent tip for anybody. If you want to get good at pull ups, no matter where you see a bar, you can do it. Jump on it, and give it what you got.

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