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    When should I do pull ups and how many?

    Should I incorporate pull ups on backbi day or chesttrisho day? Also how many sets and reps are good enough and should this be my first exercise, last, or in between others.
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    They should be a part of your back workout and it's really your call where they fall in the routine.

    Personally I put them at the beginning of my back routine (usually the first exercise) and try and get about 3-4 sets of 10-12 reps.

    If you can hit 10-12 reps easily then add weight.
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    I prefer to go for repetitions when it comes to pullups, so typically will do x number of sets to failure

    if you do decide to add weight however it might be good idea to put them earlier in the routine seeing as its a solid compound exercise so you will need a fair amount of energy

    if comfort with pullups is the goal here, i would recommend switching grips. I like to train with roughly 5
    *Pronated grips
    Normal (about shoulder width)
    Wide
    Close
    *Supinated grips
    Normal (Chin up)
    Close

    and then i'll add a neutral grip where the palms are facing in, if that is an option where you are doing your pullups.
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    They's chins if you get yo chin up to da bar and they's all pullin'.
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    Originally Posted by Tyciol View Post
    They's chins if you get yo chin up to da bar and they's all pullin'.
    ha, true.

    ive gotten into habit of referring to supinated as chin-up and pronated as pullup.
    becomes easier to communicate as a trainer. (for this i'll take a short-cut)
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    Chin on Back day (Obviously...) Weighted if you can.
    Chin/Pull up close on Bicep day. Weighted
    Chin/Muscle up on Shoulder day
    Chin on Cardio day
    Chin on Core day. Leaning way back to engage the serratus.

    Just chin all the fuarrking time! Bang them out whenever. Gives you a nice frame...
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    Definitely add them in to your Back and Bi day. Doing pull-ups (the over-hand grip) is great for your back and chin-ups (reverse grip) really hit your back, lats, and bi's. How many depends on what you're trying to do. If you want to do a lot of pul-ups/chin-ups, I would suggest doing sets of about 80% of you single set max. if you can to 20, do a few sets of 15-16 to help build that muscle endurance. If you're looking to build a stronger back, or when doing too many pull-ups becomes boring, do weighted pull-up/chin ups for sets of 8-12. You can use a dip belt to add weight, or what I prefer- a dumbell between your feet. Not only do I feel some work in my abs as I do the sets, but you can also drop the weight once you fatigue and knock out a few more at body weight.

    I'm a Marine and we do a ton of pull-ups.. these are the kinds of recomendations I give my Marines who are trying to improve their PFT's. Hope it helps.

    Originally Posted by callmegeorge View Post
    Should I incorporate pull ups on backbi day or chesttrisho day? Also how many sets and reps are good enough and should this be my first exercise, last, or in between others.
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    Originally Posted by HighFivan View Post
    ive gotten into habit of referring to supinated as chin-up and pronated as pullup. becomes easier to communicate as a trainer. (for this i'll take a short-cut)
    I understand the desire to abbreviate, but I have solved this too, so that it is the shortest.

    Supinated grips = "sins". Hammer grip = "hins". Pronated grip = "pins".

    Just add prefix "wi-" for wide grip, and "na-" for narrow grip, and "me-" for medium grip.

    I haven't figured out a term yet for when people do such a wide grip that they can't get their chin over the bar anymore. Suggestions?
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    i think ill still call them pulls and chins,like i have the last 35 years.
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    I always do them at the beginning of my back/biceps day because it's probably the most important exercise for them. They're like squats for the upper body.
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    Originally Posted by MegaLex88 View Post
    Chin on Back day (Obviously...) Weighted if you can.
    Chin/Pull up close on Bicep day. Weighted
    Chin/Muscle up on Shoulder day
    Chin on Cardio day
    Chin on Core day. Leaning way back to engage the serratus.

    Just chin all the fuarrking time! Bang them out whenever. Gives you a nice frame...
    Muscle ups are quite ambitious for someone who had a question on when they should do pullups in general.
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    When should I do pull ups and how many?

    At 0300 and at 1500 every day.

    1000 in the morning, 1000 in the evening.

    You should make sure that you breathe in exactly 21600 times in the day, or you'll never make progress.

    Originally Posted by callmegeorge View Post
    Should I incorporate pull ups on backbi day or chesttrisho day? Also how many sets and reps are good enough and should this be my first exercise, last, or in between others.
    Since you obviously no nothing about training, maybe you should do a program that is simple fullbody beginner, or simple upper/lower beginner program.

    The rule of thumb for progress in chins is avoid failure except during a test every few weeks, and do multiple sets at half your rep max.

    So if you can do 5 chins in decent form, multiple sets of two will move you forward.

    When your rep max is 10, you do sets of five. Not going to failure means you won't burn out, plateau, and regress too early.
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