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    alternative to chin ups

    is there any way i can use free weights to get the benefits of chin ups (specifically reverse grip chin ups)? i do not have access to a chin up bar but i do have a lot of free weights. thanks
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    Originally Posted by homestar
    is there any way i can use free weights to get the benefits of chin ups (specifically reverse grip chin ups)? i do not have access to a chin up bar but i do have a lot of free weights. thanks
    Not really nothing will get you used to chinups like chinups will.

    no access to a chinup, I would get creative.
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    chinups own face. deadlifts hit the back too, tho.

    possibly pullovers. they work the lats and traps but not bicepts.
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    If you don't have access to a chinning bar, you could use a tree, or something strong like a wall or possibly door (make sure it's super strong). Mind you you can only do pull ups on a wall, not chin ups.

    Something like a veranda or deck made out of wood does the trick, thats what I do at my friends house as he doesn't have a chinning bar.

    Thats providing you want to do them of course. If your asking because your looking for the free weight alternative, than no, not IMO. Theres nothing like a good chin up, but pull ups are better IMO
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    Originally Posted by homestar
    is there any way i can use free weights to get the benefits of chin ups (specifically reverse grip chin ups)? i do not have access to a chin up bar but i do have a lot of free weights. thanks
    Chin-ups are a wonderful exercise that work on a good number of different muscle groups. Depending on the specific muscle group you're interested in working on, eg. the Lattisimus dorsi, there are a number of free weights exercises that can achieve your target of working out that specific muscle.

    Eg. Working out the Lats using dumbells (instead of the traditional wide-angle chin-ups) :
    http://www.myfit.ca/exercisedatabase...xercises&ID=17

    Check out the list of other muscles, and their exercises, on the left column on that webpage.
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    thanks everyone. wow, i never thought of the monkey bars thing im definitely going to do that!
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    Also, look around your house for a Horizontal beam. Usually they'll be in your basement, or in a storage room. You can do them by gripping onto them with a pair of gloves (not to get your hands dirty). They're fairly tougher than normal chinups since you're gripping a flat edge as opposed to a cylindrical edge.
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