2015-01-02 training log

5! Woo!

I did not want to go to the gym this morning. Ever since going hunting a few weeks ago and waking up around 2:30 AM for that, my body now thinks 2:30 is the time to wake up. /sighs So I laid in bed for a little while, got my motivation up, and off I went.

Started out on a high note – got 5 chin-ups in a row. Yes, that’s an accomplishment. Frankly after hitting that, I felt so good, like it was the best PR I ever hit, and in some ways it is. I mean, I look back on being a kid and doing the Presidential Physical Fitness test and always meeting the standard in all areas, except pull-ups — couldn’t do one. I also remember realizing (and I didn’t know much about bodybuilding and getting stronger) that the P.E. teacher having us do push-ups wasn’t going to help us do pull-ups, as well as the lack of any exercises or work to ever help us get better at doing pull-ups. Hrm. But whatever… the big thing is going through life just sucking at chin-/pull-ups.

I’m not the only one. Just Google on the topic and there’s tons of articles dedicated to the topic of being able to just do 1 chin-/pull-up. It’s a tough thing. So really, that I banged out a nice 5 in a row today, plus 4 more sets of more, yeah, felt really damn good.

Thing is, a few weeks ago I realized that 5 was not that big a deal — that I wanted 10. It’s like all things: you get close to a goal, you’ll keep working to reach that goal, but you can’t help but (re)set your goals to something higher and better. To help me get there, I’m going to do a few things.

First, I do think chinning as often as I can helps. So I go to the gym, it’s not a back day, but at some point while I’m at the gym just grab the bar and bang out a few chins. Nothing much, nothing intensive, but just try to do some often enough. This is a reoccurring theme in “how to get better at chin-/pull-ups”, is frequency and just doing them often.

Second, just keep working up to 10. Normally I like working up to a number in sets across. So if I’m going to do 5 sets, now that I hit 5 reps on the 1st set, I’d keep working until I was hitting 5 reps across all 5 sets, then I would go up to 6 reps. But here, I’m not going to do that. I’m going to just keep chinning to (almost) failure, and do that on every set. I don’t want to go to true failure, where I’m struggling and can’t finish a rep — if I truly don’t think the next rep will be solid and clean, don’t do it, save it for the next set. But otherwise, just keep going. When I do hit 10 reps, I’ll probably work to deal with sets across, but for now it’s all about forging ahead on every set to 10 reps.

I know losing weight is going to help here too… I mean, it’s always easier to lift less weight.

As for the rest of the session, it was fine. No complaints. I am discovering new things about how my biceps really like being pushed. That when I think I can’t move any more, well, just keep moving because they really will keep going. Yah the reps get slower, but they keep working. Time will tell how well this pays off.

Based upon Paul Carter’s Basebuilding

  • Chins
    • BW x 5
    • BW x 4
    • BW x 2
    • BW x 2
    • BW x 2
  • BB Rows
    • 145 x 8
    • 145 x 8
    • 145 x 8
    • 145 x 8
    • 145 x 8
  • BB Shrugs
    • 205 x 12
    • 205 x 12
    • 205 x 12
    • 205 x 12
    • 205 x 12
  • Wide, Neutral-grip Lat Pulldowns
    • 130 x 10
    • 130 x 10
    • 130 x 10
    • 130 x 10
  • Hammer Curls
    • 30e x 12
    • 30e x 12
    • 30e x 9
  • BB Bar Curls (350-Method)
    • 45 x 20
    • 45 x 15
    • 45 x 15
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