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Chin-ups are hard to do. Negative chins is a good way to work up to them. Start in the up position, by jumping or standing on a chair if necessary. Then lower yourself down very slowly. At the gym, look for an assisted chin and dip machine, or do lat pulldowns if they don't have one. Wrist curls strengthen your forearms, as does a low-tech exercise where you hold your arm straight out and crumple up a whole sheet of newspaper, using just your fingers.