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Pull-up power

16 May

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.

Ok, different kind of pull-ups… wise guy.

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).

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6 responses to “Pull-up power

  1. Shouldland

    May 16, 2012 at 11:53 AM

    Great stuff. The push ups will help mix it up too as it works the opposite muscles. We call pull ups ‘chin ups’ in Australia, i guess they are the same thing. Good for a steady jumpshot and dominating the boards.

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    • trokspot

      May 16, 2012 at 3:28 PM

      Thanks! Lots of people tend to forget about the basics of pull-ups and push ups (there’s a cool program for push ups if you’re interested: http://www.hundredpushups.com where the focus is obviously more on push ups.

      The chin ups and pull ups are pretty interchangeable terms here – though some people differentiate by the way you grip the bar with your hands (pull-ups being with your hands pointing away from you while chin ups you have your grip so that your palms would be pointing towards your face).

      Thanks for the comment!

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  2. hammy

    May 16, 2012 at 9:45 PM

    good idea! i’m going to do pushups 2! I’m going 2 try the http www hundred pushups com!

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