Well, the summer has arrived. I survived grading final papers and exams, and then my own qualifying exams. It was a bit of a hectic final stretch, but I believe I crossed the finish line successfully (still waiting to hear on quals…).
In the midst of that final stretch, working out took a bit of a backseat; though at the same time, I was brought back to the basics. Confusing, I know. What I mean is that I didn’t have the same amount of time to put towards my usual workouts (usually a mix of my own stuff at home, running, abs, weightlifting, and hours and hours of basketball). But what I did make sure to make time for was to use my iron gym (honestly, one of the best purchases I’ve made – and no, they’re not paying me to say that, though I’d gladly accept cash or check!) to rip off some pull-ups every now and then as a break and a quick way to blow off energy without having to leave my apartment or spend a lot of time away from work.
I’ve always been a big fan of pull-ups. Pull-ups (and having a pull-up bar) can provide an incredible full-body work out if you want (if done correctly). There is an almost limitless variety of pull-ups you can do that will work just about anywhere you need/want. So while I haven’t gotten away from pull-ups too much, I have decided to re-emphasize pull-ups.
Why? A couple of reasons:
1) Like I said, pull-ups are great for you and can work a variety of muscles
2) I have a bit more time now that it is summer
3) Why not?? I love staying in good shape and this is just as good as anything!
So, I’ve decided to do 100 pull-ups a day. Each day*. This whole summer. This doesn’t mean that I have to do them all at once, or even all in one “workout” time period or something like that. This means that I just have to get them done. If I want to do 25 when I wake up, 25 at lunch, 25 before dinner, and then 25 before bed, then that’s fine. If I want to just pick a short slot of time and crank them out, that’s also fine (it also doesn’t have to be in sets of 25).
This is simply a little side project that will be added onto whatever I’m already doing. For example, even on the days I go in to play basketball, I still have get my pull-ups in somehow. If I’m in/near my apartment quite a bit and it only takes a minute to get a set in, then there’s no excuse as to why I can’t find 4-5 random minutes throughout the day to do some pull-ups.
So tomorrow is day 3. (Yes, I’ve already done days 1 and 2.) I’ll add another post in the near future with some of the variations I do as part of my pull-up routines.
*I say “each day” here with a bit of caution. I already know that there will be several days throughout the summer where I will not have access to a pull-up bar. On these occasions, I will make sure to do at least 100 push-ups (not quite the same, but a viable substitute when I can’t get to a pull-up bar).