Other than rope climbing, chinups (palms facing you) and pullups (palms facing away) are by far the best vertical upper body pulling exercise you can do as a wrestler.
However, they do require some upper body and relative (bodyweight) strength to properly perform them. So, before I get into the variations, I’d first like to go over some quick ways to provide assistance during the chinup.
Means of Assistance
The most common way I’ve seen, especially in wrestling rooms, is holding the person’s feet.
However, this can be extremely dangerous. What happens if the person performing the chinup suddenly loses their grip? Without feet underneath them, serious injury can result.
So, if you are going to provide assistance using this method, hold one foot instead of two.
My preferred way to build chinup strength is with bands.
Because you can more easily measure progress. You know you’re getting stronger as you use smaller/thinner bands.
Below is a video of me demonstrating a band assisted chinup.
Once you can perform bodyweight chinups comfortably, here are a variety of options for you to try.
If you have a Jiu-Jitsu Gi available (if not I highly suggest you get one), you can perform Gi Chinups. This is one variation I will sometimes refer to as a “Grip Chinup” in a program.
Very similar to the Gi Chinup is a Rope Chinup. This is the other most common type of “Grip Chinup” I would suggest.
If you have gymnastics rings available, you can perform Ring Chinups.
You can perform Neutral Grip Chinups on a specialized chinup attachment.
Or, if your gym doesn’t have such an attachment, you can make your own with chain and PVC pipe.
With consistent training, you will eventually be able to crank out reps of the chinup variations above.
So what now?
Here are my two preferred ways to add weight to a chinup.
First, you can hold a dumbbell between your feet.
This is a great way to add weight if you notice you kick a lot to complete reps (see exaggerated video below). Holding a dumbbell between your feet instantly fixes this.
You can also add weight via a weight belt. Here’s an old video of NCAA Champion J.P. O’Connor performing one of the most impressive feats of pulling strength I have ever seen.