Aug 06, 2014 7:11 AM GMT
Last summer I didn't go to the gym but was running almost everyday in a nearby park where I would do 3-6 sets of chin ups every morning. At the beginning of the summer I could do 6 per set, by mid-fall my max was 11 per set. Since mid-June I've been going to the gym and regularly lifting heavier weights and working the full body -- but no chin-ups since starting the gym workouts. Today I went to the gym and had an intense full-body workout, went home and (maybe foolishly) did pushups and dumbbell shoulder presses -- then I was aching so much I had to soak in the bath. Then around 10pm went for a walk in the park and decided (again probably foolishly) to try chin-ups. After a full day and all that exercise I thought I'd be lucky if a got maybe 6 reps or so. I did 13 in a set the first 11 of which were easier than ever. To me -- admittedly a novice at this stuff -- this seems to indicate that doing chin-ups to get better at chin-ups is a waste of time since I got so much better, faster, at chin-ups by doing other exercises (while when I did a lot of them progress was much slower). What do you think?