Pull-ups. The Plan: Pull-Ups
This year I am bound and determined to do 5 FULL, dead-weight pull-ups. It doesn’t sound like a lot, but have you tried to do just one lately?!? They’re extremely challenging for anyone, male or female, at any fitness level…that includes me!.
I’m always pushing myself and setting new goals. In my head I feel like I can do anything, buuuut…apparently I have some limits too.
The first time I went to do one I was like “yea…I’ve got this” Nope! I really didn’t move much at all. It takes some serious back strength to get moving upwards.
I really don’t like not being able to do things so decided to start working on them in two ways:
1. Isometric holds for 30seconds with my elbows at 90 degrees
2. Jumping pull-up’s to strengthen throughout the full range of motion
I consider myself pretty dang strong. I lift heavy weights regularly, like squatting 110lbs heavy, I have great endurance and I just assumed these would come naturally. I’ve NEVER been so sore or so wrong in my life!
It takes some serious pain for me to take anything. Advil is definitely my go-to when I’m sore because it will help reduce the inflammation that’s happening around those muscles you never knew you had. 2 every 4 hours for that first day helped me recover so much faster and back to training.
The awesome people at Advil recently reached out to me and sent me a bottle. Couldn’t have come at a better time! When it comes to sharing products, they have to be things I personally use and love. It’s honestly the only thing I’ll use besides icing when I’m in post-workout pain!
I’m now up to 1 full pull-up! Woohoo! It’s a small victory, but I’ll take it! I know you guys have seen some of my training on SnapChat and I PROMISE I will show you my pull-up’s once I have all 5 solid! Baby steps…