I would like to know which muscle groups the following exercises train:

  • Regular pull ups
  • Wide grip pull ups
  • Close grip pull ups
  • Close grip chin ups
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    This seems like the kind of question that a little bit of research could have answered.
    – rrirower
    Jul 14, 2015 at 17:24
  • ExRx is a good place to look up specific muscle groups for each exercise. Jul 14, 2015 at 18:25

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All of them are exercises focused in back as a primary muscle and also work biceps as a secondary muscle and of course your grip strenght. By experience I would do the regular pull ups and the regular chin ups those kind of grips you mentioned do the same work as the regular grip so keep it simple.

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