Remember back at the beginning of July when I told you I would be doing my Chin Ups For Days challenge? You can read more about it here, but basically I said that I would be doing the number of chin ups each day that corresponded to the date. For instance, on the first of July I had to do at least one chin up, and by the time the 31st rolled around, you guessed it, I did 31.
My main reason for doing this was to increase my chin up capacity, since I had stalled in progress due to not really working on them at all for a while. At the beginning of the month, the most I could do in one set was 4 (I had done 6 in the past, exactly once, and it was some kind of fluke because I was never able to get that number again).
Now? I’ve hit 8 in one set multiple times. How’s that for progress in one month? My goal was to hit 8-10 consecutive chin ups by the end of the month, so I consider this a goal met.
(I did it! I did it! I did it!!! Now for that elusive 10 chin up set…)
BOOM. Meeting goals > Christmas morning. Maybe.
Not to mention, doing chin ups every day for a month has helped me to feel stronger, have a little bit more definition in my arms, shoulders, and upper back, and basically it has made me feel like more of a badass when I can bust out a set of easy chin ups pretty much any time.
Just for giggles, let’s look at the past month by the numbers:
… 415: the number of counted chin ups completed. I actually did a lot of extras, especially in the first half of the month. So I actually did more than 415 with all of the extras I completed, but I didn’t keep count of those. And for those of you who are math geniuses, that number is a little off of what it should have been, which is explained below.
…12: The number of these that were assisted. That means I did over 400 unassisted chin ups in one month, which I think is pretty awesome! The only reason these few were assisted was because I came home late one night, realizing that I hadn’t done any that day, but was way too tired (and maybe a few glasses of wine had something to do with that), so I got them done with the resistance band giving me a little boost! Late night chin ups vs. late night food? I think I won on that one!
…3: The number of days I didn’t do any chin ups. Womp womp. I ended up skipping the 26th, 27th and 28th for a few reasons. I was moving on the 26th and 27th, which left my arms shot, and the rest of me just completely exhausted. I think I actually did like 8 on the 26th before I gave up. The 28th was skipped because while we were at the new apartment, the pull up bar was still over at the old place with a few other odds and ends that didn’t make it in the big trip.
Next up now that my month of chin ups is over? Pull ups, baby! This will be the same plan as last month, completing pull ups corresponding to the date. These will be traditional pull ups, as these area lot harder for me than parallel grip pulls. I do not expect pull ups to be nearly as easy as chin ups were in terms of progress, and I know that I’ll have to do a lot of them assisted, especially as the days go on. Right now, I can do only 2 unassisted traditional pull ups on a good day, so my goal this time around is to hit a set of 5 by months end. 5 may be a lofty goal, but better to set your sights high, right?
If you followed along with the chin ups, or if you didn’t but are inspired to follow along with the pull ups this month, I’ll be using the hashtag #pullupsfordays to tweet about it. Join in and let me know how many you’ve done!