I’ve hit another plateau. I cannot get over 6 pull ups. (My goal is 12 consecutive wide-grip pull ups.) I practice them 5 days a week (usually as my warm up to my normal routine) and there are days when I hit 6 and there are days when I hit 4. (Truth be told, I hit 4 more often than I do 6.) But I simply cannot pass 6. Rather than do consecutive reps, I’m going to try do sets of 2. So a set of 2, rest, another set of 2, rest, and so forth until I can’t do anymore. Hopefully that will break my stump.
On a different note, all my push ups have paid off. I can now comfortably bench press with 85-lb. dumbbells. I think I can bench with the 90-lb. dumbbells and hope to do that on my next chest workout.
I hit the half-point mark in my mission to do 12 consecutive, non-stop wide-grip pull ups. Today I was able to do 6 reps! Earlier this week I did 4 reps at the pull up station at Equinox (which is a lot wider and T-shaped than the pull up station I have at the gym in my building). I’ve also been able to do 50 consecutive push ups for the last 3 chest exercises I’ve done. So overall, I’m hitting my goals (or getting darn close to them) slowly, but surely.
Last week (with an injured hand) I was able to do 50 consecutive push ups. This week (with a recovered hand) I could only squeeze out 45. Needless to say, I won’t be content until I do 50 consecutive push ups for two chest workouts straight. On the flip side, I did 3 very strong wide grip pull ups at Equinox yesterday and today. It felt really good doing those pulls ups — my arms felt strong like grappling hooks and with each lift my chin went way over the bar. I might’ve been able to squeeze a fourth, but I decided to “hold” my weight up after the 3rd pull up and slowly bring myself down.
So this week I’m taking aim at the magic number 50 again and I want to see if I can do 6 wide-grip pull ups at my gym at home. 6 would be the halfway mark to my goal of doing 12 consecutive wide-grip pull ups!
I hate not being able to workout because of an injury. That said, Tuesday morning I injured my right hand. As a result, my workouts this week have been somewhat less intense than normal. I’m still doing pull ups, but ever so carefully. Today I did chest, and despite my injury, I was able to hit 50 consecutive push ups. Hooray!! (I started this routine back in February.) My hand is about 60% healed so I’m eagerly awaiting to get back to 100%. In the meantime, I’ve reverted back to really super duper slow workouts. It feels good — it’s a nice way to keep the intensity high when you’re hurt.
This post is going to be all about numbers. I ran on the treadmill today for 35 minutes. I did interval inclines with the incline varying from a height of “1” for two minutes to “5.5” for two minutes. (The speed was a constant 6.) I hit 182 bpm.
Yesterday, I did 45 consecutive push ups during my chest workout. I’m debating if I want to train for 50 consecutive. I guess at this rate, I might as well, but I’ll admit those 45 were difficult. (Particularly the reps that followed number 42.) Maybe after I hit 50 consecutive I’ll go back to my medicine ball push ups.
Wide-grip pull ups
I can now do 4 solid wide-grip pull ups. I’ve noticed that at the pull up station at Equinox, I can only do 3. Here at the gym in my building I can do 4. The handles at Equinox (although padded and easier to grip) are wider. So I’m practicing on both stations.
Five hours. That’s the amount of sleep I’m averaging per night nowadays. It’s not that I’m out doing anything, I’m just online or playing Angry Birds on my iPod. This coming week (and this weekend) I hope to start getting more sleep. It’s necessary when working out a lot.
I increased my push up count by 5 this week. I can now do 40 consecutive push ups. I’m also at 3 consecutive wide grip pull ups. Not bad, huh! Slowly, but definitely getting there. I have noticed one odd thing though. When doing that last pull up, I feel that I use my right arm/side more so than my left side — to the point where I can see the right side of my body rise faster than my left. Not sure how to rectify this other than to make sure I pull equally with both sides.
In other news, it’s almost time to ditch the super slow workouts. I know I said I would drop them awhile back, but to be honest it’s been hard letting go. I really enjoy them. The question is what routine will I do next. Heavy with low reps? Or moderately heavy with slow reps? I’m leaning toward the latter.
First off, I wanna say that my chest is insanely sore from my new chest routine. This is the most sore it’s been in a very long time. Second, my legs are also sore from my cardio workout on Tuesday. It was intense. I set the treadmill to random and the machine gave me the hardest cardio run I’ve had in a very long time. It was a 30-minute run with 25 minutes of that run in the 6.5 to 7.5 incline range. I ran every bit of it — to the point where my heart rate hit 179. It felt great afterwards, but boy was I beat. I topped it off with a nice salmon and rice dinner at night. So today I took the day off and tomorrow I’ll either hit cardio again or do shoulders. And naturally, pull ups as well!