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    Feb 23, 2008 3:00 AM GMT
    I do lots of them. . . usually 4-5 times a week. I'm up to 25 per set, though that is pretty much my max, though I nearly always do 20 per set. All told, I'll do 125-200 per day. Typically I do them underhand with a medium grip.

    I have a free-standing chin-up bar at my house. . . very sturdy. I don't recommend the ones that fit between a door, those are notoriously unreliable and often collapse right when you're doing reps. You can really injure yourself with them.

    Was wondering if other guys do them, how often and how many they do, and where they feel it helps them most.
  • USMCjock

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    Feb 23, 2008 4:07 AM GMT
    Chin ups are part of the Marine Corps Physical Fitness test (PFT) that all Marines must do twice a year. There are 3 events, Pull-Ups, Crunches, and a timed 3 mile run. 20 is a perfect score for the Pull-Ups. The individual is allowed to do either palms out (pull up) or palms in (chin up), and there is no width requirement. Only about 10% of the Marines get 20 pull ups, so you are doing well! I can get 17 if I'm out of shape...
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    Feb 23, 2008 3:36 PM GMT
    I'm a big believer in chin-ups and pull-ups. Something I like to do that you might enjoy, to break them up, is to do different types either for each set or on different days.

    For example, I'll do a set of overhand, wide grip. Rest. Set of underhand, hands together. Rest. Set of interval pullups, over hand (where I pause at the top for three seconds, pause halfways for three seconds, pause just before bottom for three seconds, then back up), rest, set of something else, rest... Kind of like push ups, a few subtle variations can make you hurt good in a bunch of different places.

    Where I see most people slacking is on the full extension. When you're down, those elbows should be locked, even if it's only for a split second.

    Make sure your chin clears the bar.

    Backpack with some weight, boots, have a buddy hold your legs so you can finish the set if you start failing, pyramids, negatives... I love pull ups, ton of shit you can do with them.

    And of less direct benefit, but still makes you feel good, is that pullups are one of those things that people always think they can do more than they really can. So when someone talks big, then you whip out five or ten more pullups than them and they give you that look, it's pretty satisfying =)