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To paraphrase Arthur Jones; ‘if you can do 20 chin ups and 20 dips, there’s not much more you can do for your arms’. Mr Jones may have been a thoroughly unlikeable character, but we shouldn’t let that blind us to his insights. A lot of people find chin ups hard, and they are, but that doesn’t mean they’re not superior to curls. As well as being the best single exercise for adding size to your biceps, chin ups help to stabilise and increase the range of motion in the shoulders, they are a good core exercise, and they’re a great back exercise.

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