why you might be struggling with a chin up?
Chin-ups are a great body weight exercise targeting the biceps. They are also a great indicator of strength. Although it looks really easy as we only have to pull our self-up on the bar. But in reality, it’s really tough exercise and most of people can’t even do one single chin up and even I struggled with them when I started doing gym. So today I am going to share reasons due to which you might struggle to do chin-ups.
why you might be struggling with a chin up?
Reason 5: You are heavy.
One reason due to which you might be struggling to do chin-up is that you might be heavy. Let’s face it chin-up requires us to pull our self-up to the bar and if we are overweight we have to pull all that weight up so we can reach at top of the bar. This drastically affect our ability to do chin ups. So, if your overweight one thing which might be stopping you from successfully doing chin-ups is your weight. To be honest when I was struggling with chin-ups I searched entire internet, tried all exercises which internet told me to do if I want to do chin-ups. But nothing helped that much until I got my weight in control. After that when I went to the bar I was able to do my first ever unsupported chin-up. That was the feeling I can never forget. So, don’t look somewhere else. If you are overweight and struggling to do chin-ups. The first thing you need to do is lose that fat.
Reason 4: Unable to hold on to the bar.
Another common reason due to which you might struggle to do chin-ups is your ability to hold on to the bar. You might have enough strength in your biceps to lift yourself. But If you don’t have ability to hold yourself on to that bar you will struggle with chin-ups. How can we give our best effort to do one single chin-up if we can’t hold on to that bar? As a result, we struggle to do chin-us. So, what can we do? Do dead hangs, include forearm work in your workout plan. This will not only increase your ability to hold yourself on to that chin-up bar but will take you one more step closer to do your first chin-up and even advance level guys who can do chin-ups can increase their number of chin-ups by improving their ability to hold themselves up on to that bar.
Reason 3: Rely on supported chin-ups only.
Another common reason why you can’t to do chin-ups is if you rely on doing only supported chin-ups. When we do assisted chin-ups, we are hardly giving our maximum effort to pull our self-up. You can do 20 assisted chin-ups and still struggle when trying to do chin-up on you own. Reason being you never tried to do chin-ups without support. You never challenged your biceps so they can become strong. Many people do this because of peer pressure as they don’t want to look like a guy who is struggling to lift himself up for one rep or half rep. Don’t be that guy. Now I am not saying you should never do assisted chin-ups. I am saying give your best effort first even if it is only one rep or a half rep after that do your assisted chin-ups. This will not only help to increase your confidence on the chin-up bar but will also take you another step closer to doing chin-ups on your own without any support.
Reason 2: Lack of stability.
Another reason why you might struggle with chin-ups is lack of stability in lower body. If you can’t stabilise yourself while hanging on the bar your ability to perform chin-ups decrease. It’s really important to keep your self stabilised throughout the entire chin-up range of motion. It gives you stable base from which you can easily perform chin-up. Tighten that core during the movement this will give you stability in the lower body and you will be able to perform chin-up more easily.
Reason 1: Nutrition.
Nutrition play an important role whether you want to develop muscle or strength. So, another reason due to which you might struggle with chin-ups is you don’t have a good nutrition plan in check. See it like this car needs petrol, mobile need battery and your body need nutrition in order to provide you with enough energy you need not only to do a chin up but also to perform any other exercise too in gym. Keep your nutrition in check ensure that your body gets enough nutrition it need to rebuild itself after a torture it received in the gym.
There you have it, few reasons due to which you might be struggling with chin-ups in the gym.
Building strength takes time and discipline. Don’t get demotivated if you can’t do chin-up right now. Build the strength and keep trying to do as many chin-ups as you can even if you can’t do even one rep at the moment. Just don’t hide behind the supported chin-ups give your best and one day you will be able to do chin-ups which you once felt were impossible for you to perform.
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