I’m talking about the real deal. Like these ladies….
The one on the left is a crossfit bad ass, but the one on the right looks like it’s a bit too easy. Notice you can’t see her feet? I’m guess she’s standing on something ; )
This is how most people feel when they’re doing pull ups….
Holding on for dear life. Using everything you’ve got…fingernails, toes, you name it. Trying to squeeze out every last ounce of effort. But eventually you get good at them. And some people can even show off a bit. This is my all time favorite image of pull ups…
If I were to ever get married again, I would totally take this picture. How cool is that???
Anyway, my work out today was speed bench (sigh). It was 3 reps at 65, 3 reps at 95, 3 reps at 115, and 1 rep at 135. Then the speed work at 85 pounds 3×3 at a wide grip, 3×3 at a normal grip, and 3×3 at a narrow grip…..FAST. All I can do is giggle at this point because I’m sure I look like I’m bench pressing through mud, but I try. Next up was 3×10 of close grip bench at 95 pounds. Then came the fun part. DUHN, DUHN, Duhn……
50 pull ups. Nope, you didn’t read that wrong. And nope, they weren’t assisted. It was brutal. Just for fun, I set my watch to see how long it would take me. My sets were 10-8-6-6-6-5-5-4. Of course, I had to stop for a few minutes in the middle to have that oh so typical conversation with some guy at the gym. “what are you training for?” Oh, because I girl can’t just be in the gym because she wants/likes to work out and be strong?? Well…I am technically training for something ,but I still hate the stereotype. So in the end it took me about 22 minutes. And it was a LONG 22 minutes. How long do you think it would take you?
****CHALLENGE***** Time yourself doing 50 pull ups and post how long it takes you in the comments. The winner will get a super secret awesome mystery prize!!!!!!!
Okay, I should also mention the fabulous workout I did yesterday. It was a deadlift workout and it was supposed to be FAST. Again, I failed utterly on that part, but I did the reps. I did a bunch of warm up sets working up to 225 pounds and then went back down to 135 for the working sets. It was nice to get to dead lift since I hadn’t done it in a few weeks, but it felt really awkward trying to add speed. Eh.
The most exciting part of the workout was getting to wear my new shoes for box squats. The fit pretty good, but they are going to be hard to get used to. It felt good to squat in them though. I did 10 sets of 2 at 95 pounds….I think. These were a bit different from the box squats I’ve done in the past. The idea here was to explode on the way back up…..not surprisingly, I wasn’t very good at that part either.
Lastly…..sled drags. Man those are a b*tch. This time I got to do it walking backwards in a low squat stance with 45 pound on the sled. And did I mention that the floor in the gym is so far from flat it’s not even funny? I’m pretty sure I was whimpering by the end of it. And then Ray added some extra weight, just for fun. Needless to say, I was cramping everywhere. I felt like I was going to die for a good minute and half.
And now I’m done. I have next week’s workouts to look forward to of course. But first, the weekend….yay!!!