Last week we shared alternatives to deadlifts that are kinder to your back. Now that it is feeling a bit more like actual spring outside (hello 70 degree – we’ve missed you), what better time than now to add some variety to your upper body routine. Because you know you aren’t feeling your beach body yet until your upper body is pumped and looking good.
Pull-ups are usually the popular choice but only because people foresee pull-ups as being harder and more effective than chin-ups. This is not necessarily true.
“A common misconception about the chin up is that it does not recruit the same muscles as the pull-up, namely, the latissimus dorsi. But the research showed that in both the chin-up and pull-up, motor recruitment patterns for the muscle groups were generally the same. The chin-up has more contraction in the biceps brachii and pectoralis major, but initial static stability and ascension are the same.” –BreakingMuscle
Plus, it is always a good idea to change up your workout routine and add variation, so go ahead and add in some chin-ups to your next upper body routine.
GQ looked to the professionals to give alternatives to the classic chin-up – here are their answers.