Tag Archives: Wide-grip Hammer Chin-up

Chest, Back

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.

Chest, Back

10 sets x 3 reps wide grip chins followed by 10 sets x 10 reps bench press.

I used 25 lbs attached to my waist in the chin ups and it is finally getting harder to pull right to my Adam’s apple on every rep. I also did 12 sets instead of the usual 10 and hung around on the bar at the end of a few sets to stretch out a little.

I used 135 lbs in the bench press but did 15 reps on the last 4 sets just to mix it up.

Back, Biceps, Forearms

10 sets x 3 reps wide grip hammer chins using 22.5 lbs attached to my waist, followed by 10 sets x 7 reps barbell pullover, 10 sets x 7 reps cheat curl, 5 sets x 30 reps seated wrist curls, and 5 sets x 10 reps reverse barbell curl.

The chins are easier then when I first started and will be using a 45 lbs plate again very soon without difficulty. Also, once I start using a 25 lbs plate the weight hangs much better of the belt and the plate has enough surface areas to no longer dig into my body.

I just incorporate the barbell pullover into my program and started with 95 lbs. This is such light weight for me but I could feel a small pull in my left elbow so I am going to take my time and work up in weight slowly. Last time I stopped around 155 lbs fore sets of 5 reps but was afraid of hitting my head as I don’t have a spotter. I have never had an accident in this exercise but similar to the skull crushes it is an exercise you don’t want to ever goof on.

I used 105 lbs in the barbell curl and suppose I will keep increasing weight.

I am using 110 lbs in the seated writs curl and finding it easy. The muscle soreness I experience each time I perform this exercise is less and less. I might have to go really heavy or super high reps.

For the reverse wrist curl I used 50 lbs and also make sure I use chalk so my grip doesn’t break. This is a baby weight for me as I will be about to reverse curl 100 lbs plus for sets and reps.

Chest, Back

10 sets x 3 reps weighted chins using 17.5 lbs and 10 sets x 10 reps bench press.

I just finished the chins and feel good about them. I can still pull almost every rep to my Adam’s apple so next workout I will increase the weight to 20 lbs. I can’t wait to use a 25 lb plate as it is easier to attach around the waist compared to little plates that can crush your nuts.

Lats, Biceps, Forearms

10 sets x 3 reps of wide grip hammer chins for the lats, 10 sets x 10 reps of preacher curl for the biceps, and 5 sets x 30 reps seated wrist curl.

For the chin-up I used 15 lbs attached to my waist with a belt which is still really easy for me.

I added 5 lbs to my seated wrist curl so I am using 100 lbs now. I didn’t feel a lactic acid burn last workout but the forearm flexors did get sore. In fact they are still sore today.