Chin ups are one of our favourite exercises for shaping and strengthening our bodies and they regularly make an appearance in our training programs. However, as much as we would love to do them every week and pump out loads of them at a time, we are very particular about the way we put them in our programs so we don't build too much unwanted muscle in certain areas. As women who workout to look and feel feminine and fit, there are some muscles we don't really want to accentuate, the main ones being lats, which are probably the most recruited muscles in chin ups.
Like with all exercises we are super particular about technique when performing chin ups. We often see people in the gym performing them with rounded shoulders, meaning they are not using the muscles of the middle back to complete the movement, this promotes rounded shoulders and poor shoulder health. Chin ups should be performed by pulling the chest up towards the bar, by squeezing the muscles of the upper and middle back. We like to think of putting our shoulder blades up and back in our back pockets.
There are many technique pointers we could get into, but for today, our little BBB tip is: The wider the grip, the more activation of the lats, so use shoulder width grip or less to minimise the recruitment of these muscles.
We put a lot of thought into our programming and work very closely with our coach Sebastian Oreb aka @australianstrengthcoach to make sure our training gives us a well balanced, feminine physique, as well as keeping us happy, healthy, fit, strong and feeling confident.
Exercise selection and correct programming is essential to achieving a beautifully proportioned body. So always be conscious of the exercises you choose to shape your body. If you are always doing the same thing in the gym and not sure what exercises you should be performing for your goals, check out our packages, we would love to write a customised program just for you.
Happy Training babes!!!