Makes me want to boogie just thinking about it! Unfortunately the dips I was doing weren’t quite as exciting. They certainly wouldn’t make two other people want to stand behind me and make funny faces while spooning me in a vertical position. But they were dips nonetheless!
I tried to do dips at the gym a few months ago and couldn’t even do one. They hurt my shoulder and just made me want to whimper. As a result, I’ve been doing “modified” dips. Yeah…we’ll just call them kitty dips because that’s what they felt like. I was basically doing tricep dips off a bench with a heavy dumbbell in my lap. Kind of like this happy lady….
I high jacked this image out of Woman’s Day magazine if that gives you any idea what a sissy move this is. The added weight helped, but still.
So today I was supposed to do three sets of these kitty dips for as many reps as I could. The first set I did 20 reps with a 35 pound weight. So it got me thinking. If I can do 20 reps with extra weight….why the heck couldn’t I do at least one real dip without weight? There was literally no one in the gym today so I didn’t have to worry too much about humiliation if I failed. So I gave it a shot. It took me a few minutes to talk myself into it, but I hoped up there and lowered myself as far as I could. Then, sure enough, I got back up. And….I did it four more times. SWEET. Then the next set I got eight reps. Yeah, I’m a beast.
Arnold here I come!
I also benched today. It was fabulous. My trainer has obviously lost his mind because he initially told me to do 5 sets of 5 at 130 pounds. Um…after failing utterly at 5×5 at 125 last week, that wasn’t going to happen. So I did 3 sets of 5 at 120 pounds and then tried to bump up to 125 pounds for the last two sets. I could get a good three reps in and then I needed help. Luckily I had recruited a very bored intern at the gym to help me out. Hopefully I pull out of this bench rut soon. This youngster in the gym, we’ll call him Spence, keeps saying that Gatorade is the secret to his success. Maybe I need to sign up for that program ; )
Oh, and one last note. I started cramping up in the third set of benching today (which was the first thing I did). I cramped during everything else I did including my bike ride home. It was my toes, my fingers, my calves, you name it. So….I broke out the pickle juice. It totally worked! Thanks Jon!!! I guess a world champ might know a thing or two about this whole lifting business.