I really like chin-ups…and calisthenics in general, for that matter.
About 4-5 years ago, the most chin-ups I could do in one set was 3. In other words, I was pretty weak, man.
Now, last time I checked, I could bust out about 25 in a set. BIG DIFFERENCE. I think I can say now that I am no longer a weakling. No bragging intended, though…only motivation.
You can do it too, if you are not already. Want to know how I got beyond 20 chin-ups? Glad you asked; I’ll tell you.
- Since I could only do 3 or so at a time, I started doing 5-6 sets of 2 repetitions as part of a circuit. I did not do my max amount, because I wanted to be able to do 2 reps each time.
- I allowed myself enough time to fully recover between sets. That was probably 1-2 minutes.
- I did that workout 3 days a week.
- Each week, I pushed myself to add one more rep for each set. In other words, instead of two reps per set, I did 3 reps per set. This added up over time.
Now, I am not going to tell you that you will get 20 chin-ups in 20 days or any falsehood like that. It is going to take time. It took me several months to get to 15, then 19, then 23, and beyond. It is worth it, though. Chin-ups are excellent for strengthening and adding muscle to your back and arms, with emphasis on the ‘wings’ (lats) and the biceps. Don’t worry about becoming bulky though, ladies ;).
Try it. Why not?