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What's the difference between a chin-up and a pull-up?

Discussion in 'Weight Training/Bulking' started by gazareth, Apr 10, 2007.

  1. gazareth

    gazareth Senior Member

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    Everywhere I look gives me a different answer. My PT gave me a different answer again.

    Help :lol:
     
  2. MannishBoy

    MannishBoy Senior Member

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    Chins are suppinated grip (underhand). Pullups are pronated (overhand, plams away).

    Chins are generally a bit easier because the biceps can help a bit.

    I get them confused sometimes to this day and I have to think about it.
     
  3. karatetricker

    karatetricker Well-Known Member

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    Those are the definitions I've always gone by as well.
     
  4. JeremyLikness

    JeremyLikness Well-Known Member

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    I don't think any one or any official "body" has been sanctioned as the representative to give the final definition ... I've always gone by chin-up as palms facing in and pull up as palms facing out as in the replies above, but I've certainly seen people and even text books with differing views. I'd just pick one way and stick with it and hopefully if you're following a workout plan on the web or something, the author is kind enough to state which variation they are using.

    Jeremy
     
  5. dodus

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    ^^^Fourthed. I guess there's your answer.
     
  6. sevenatenine

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    ^^Fithed <-word?
     
  7. Andrew

    Andrew Well-Known Member

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    Yeah, just out of curiosity, what other definitions have you heard? I can't even think of a different possible definition...

    I've always thought that chin-ups are underhand (supinated grip), while pull-ups are overhand (pronated grip).
     
  8. gazareth

    gazareth Senior Member

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    Well my trainer for example calls the supinated grip (palms towards you yeah?) a pull-up, and a pronated grip a "lat grip chin-up", heh.
     
  9. mastover

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    What do you call a cable pulldown with the lat bar attachment using a supinated grip? A chindown? lol
     
  10. chicanerous

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    I always use:

    Pull-ups: pronated grip
    Chin-ups: supinated grip

    Any other pulling exercise assumes a pronated grip unless otherwise specified.
     
  11. zenpharaohs

    zenpharaohs Elite Member
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    Well if you forget to keep your face back when you jerk a barbell, that one could be considered a "chin up".

    Not that you want to do that exercise...
     
  12. MannishBoy

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    I did basically that the first time I tried to do push presses. I wouldn't recommend. :nope:
     

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