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    Can do chin ups but not pull ups....

    I progressed from 0 to 11 Chin ups in under a month which I am quite proud of. I expected to be able to do at least 2-3 pull ups but I only progressed one.I didn't train pull ups but I do find it odd how I can do a decent amount of chin ups but not pull ups. How can I progress my pull ups as fast as my chin ups? Also is it normal to feel chest being worked in chin ups and shoulders? Thanks.
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    Kind of surprised that the difference between chin-up progression and pull-up progression was so drastic--that does seem odd.
    If you want to get better at pull-ups, train pull-ups.

    Yes, it's normal to have chest soreness after chin-ups
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    Do more pull-ups

    Different muscles are used. I also find chin-ups easier.
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    Your form may be off doing chin-ups, also, maybe do pull-up negatives as it will definitely help you build your strength up doing pull-ups.
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    It might be that your form relies too heavily on the arms and stretch reflex at the bottom, so you're not able to use the back muscles as effectively. As said above, to get better at pull ups, train pull ups. You could try 'transitioning with parallel grip pull ups.
    That said, your individual build could make a difference to being able to do a movement. I find chin ups harder than pull ups, because of the rotational stress it places on my joints at the bottom, and as a result suck at chin ups.
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