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My motivation was more to find out to what extent you can expect it to work your chest. I’ve heard from a few sources that pull ups hit chest. A few people I've known will say they can never hit as good a bench after pull up training or as many pull ups after benching. A PT friend of mine who focuses on callisthenics (who to me seems quite advanced to me with his full planche’s, handstand push ups and 20+ muscle ups etc) will die on the hill that pull ups are a great chest builder. Other people, like yourself, will vehemently disagree. Its a great thing to have a resource such as this threadIs your question:
"do pull ups do anything for the chest"
"are pull ups a very effective chest exercise vs the alternatives"
I thought it was the latter.