10 sets x 10 reps of speed bench press with 135 lbs followed by 10 sets x 3 reps wide grip hammer chin ups with 35 lbs attached to my belt.
At the end of my chins I did an 11th set using an underhand grip for a quick 7 reps. I am creeping up slowly in weight but my capacity is to do 100 plus pound chins.
I have only ever missed a few reps in this exercise. I seem to be able to add 2.5 lbs each workout for months on end with minimal challenge. It is almost like the body doesn’t know how much it is lifting so adding a pound isn’t noticeable.
Your bodyweight can also change day to day depending on your diet and other factors so I think it is natural not to notice a small increase in a bodyweight exercise.
For example, men in the military don’t have their work load modified or adapted if the gain a few pounds. They go through the regular training year after year with no concern of minor weight changes affecting calisthetic performance.
In contrast adding 5 lbs to your bench press or barbell curl is completely noticeable. You are moving a weight compared to moving yourself.
What I am saying is a heavy ass calisthetic exercise such as weighted dips, chins, and even push ups can add muscle, power, and strength in a completely unique way compared to traditional resistance exercises.
I have seen this done many times. One example is of an obese man that started training this way using a special vest he purchased where he could place small metal plates into various pockets of the vest and wear it almost like a shirt.
When I saw this guy he had huge guns and was ripped to shreds. He would run around the gym going laps and then jump on the chin bar and invert himself, do dips, chins, hanging leg raises, and etc. The trick was to wear this vest around throughout the entire day and also increase the weight on it while he was actually doing his regular workouts.
It is totally unique but it is better then doing for deadlifts, squats, and bench presses. If you are going to train natural like me you are forced to think outside the box. If you know anyone who can do 100 lb plus chins without PEDs let me know. I can and I think the reason is hidden in this type of training.
Put this to the test. If you are a big guy start with low reps and lots of sets. Add weight next workout to your belt rather then increase the reps.
And if you are a small person place a small 2 lbs dumbbell in your pocket or backpack when you chin and see if you even notice. If you don’t then repeat. Keep adding 2 lbs each workout. Your body won’t notice a small change like this for a long time.