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Weighted Chin-Up Drop Set For Increasing Intensity in Your Back Training

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The chin-up is an exercise everybody has heard of. Nothing off the wall here...this is just a technique I use to crank up the intensity of the chin-up movement.

It's a simple one - basically, you're going to do weighted chins using a dumbell set between your feet. Once you've done as many reps as you can with the dumbell, you just drop the dumbell on the floor (without letting go of the bar) and you keep going until you're trashed!

It's a whole new meaning (or a whole old meaning, I guess you might say), to the concept of DROP sets...

Like I said, very simple. But MAN will it work you.

Here's what it looks like.

First, set a dumbell on the floor right under the chin-up bar. I use the bar that's on my rack - the height is perfect.

If you have a chin-up bar that's higher up, you may need to set the dumbell on end on a bench in front of the bar, grab the bar with your hands THEN clamp your feet around the bar.

If the bar is too high up, you won't be able to reach the bar with a dumbell in between your feet.

Weighted Chin-Up Drop Set For Increasing Intensity in Your Back Training

Reach down and set the dumbell between your ankles. The plates of the dumbell should be resting on your forefeet and the heels of your shoes. I'm using an 85lb dumbell for this one.

Weighted Chin-Up Drop Set For Increasing Intensity in Your Back Training

Reach and grab the bar - I like to use an underhand, close grip for these.

Weighted Chin-Up Drop Set For Increasing Intensity in Your Back Training

Get your feet off the ground - for my setup, I do this by bending the knees a bit.

Weighted Chin-Up Drop Set For Increasing Intensity in Your Back Training

Now pull yourself up.

Weighted Chin-Up Drop Set For Increasing Intensity in Your Back Training

Repeat until you can't get any more reps with the weight. Open up your feet and drop the dumbell on the floor, keeping your grip on the bar.

Weighted Chin-Up Drop Set For Increasing Intensity in Your Back Training

Now rep out on bodyweight chins until you can't do any more reps.

Weighted Chin-Up Drop Set For Increasing Intensity in Your Back Training

This is a great set extension technique for really messing up your back in a good way. Naturally, in order to use it, you have to be able to do at least SOME chins with a bit of weight.

 


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