>> Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Strength training has never, ever been my favorite thing to do. To avoid it, I do yoga. But lately, I haven't been doing any at all. Alright. So, I do push-ups. I was doing a ton of them too. I even got up to doing 80 at a time -- until I got busy. I think it's been over a week since I've cranked out my usual sets.
Needless to say, I'm feeling pretty weak. I'm also feeling somewhat unmotivated. Like I need a new goal. You may remember me mentioning in a previous post (Zero Dollar Strength Training) that I'd like to do pull-ups. Even just one would be great!
So, last night I set out to do just that. And look!
I totally rocked it -- look at me go!!! OK, no. I'm completely lying. COMPLETELY LYING, PEOPLE! I tried so very hard to do just one chin-up (because as I learned recently -- a pull-up uses an over-handed grip, chin-up is under-handed) . . . and I failed miserably. It's SO HARD!
But instead of letting that get me down. Instead of viewing my lack of ability as some sort of weakness (well, quite literally it is a weakness that is keeping me from doing a chin-up, but you know what I mean) -- I took it as a challenge. I made it a start to something. Instead of freaking out and walking home with my head hanging in shame, I did a negative chin-up. It's a building block to being able to do the real thing. You just start from the top position and slowly (in a very controlled way, using your muscles) lower yourself to the ground.
I did three repeats of the negative chin-up. Today, I hope to do five. And my goal by the end of the summer is to do a single chin-up successfully. I realize this goal may seem small, but -- at least for me -- this feat seems unimaginable!
Have you recently set any new fitness goals? What are they? And if you can do chin-ups and pull-ups like a pro, please, please, please share with me your secret to success! Just leave a comment or email us at neverhomemaner [at] gmail [dot] com.
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