I am posting this because I need more accountability. I didn’t make it to the gym today and it is IMPERATIVE that I wake up early tomorrow and go before work. So I’m putting it out there in the blogosphere. If I fail, I give you permission to kick my ass. Also, I had cereal and Brussels sprouts for dinner. Going to the gym in the morning will make me feel better about eating freakin’ frosted mini wheats and whatever other sugary granola crap I had.
I think it’s funny that most people are disgusted by Brussesls sprouts, but I am actually grossed out by the fact that I had cereal for dinner. Not that cereal tastes nasty or anything. Quite the opposite. It tastes TOO good. I can never have just one bowl. But it’s garbage I’d rather not eat. I’ve been considering SEVERELY cutting down my sugar intake…but that’s a post for another time.
On the agenda for tomorrow’s back workout:
Wide grip chin-ups 3×10 (a majority of these are going to be completed on the assisted pull-up because I cannot do that many chin-ups, let alone WIDE GRIP chin-ups.)
Bent over barbell row 3×8
Seated cable row 3×8
Wide grip lat pulldown 3×10
One arm dumbbell row 3×8
Machine lat pull 3×10
Back extension 3×8
Cardio: 30 mins
I’ll post the weight I use tomorrow.
And in other news, I did go to the gym on my lunch break, but it was just to walk. Looking down at the cardio machines below the track, I noticed this lady using the stepmill backwards. She had her back facing the control panel so she could look at herself in the mirror. A true blue cardio bunny. I thought it was kind of funny.
Now it’s time for me to wash my face and go to sleep. Goodnight, world.
That photo is hilarious! I hate to watch myself while doing cardio. I always look like I’m on the verge of entering massive cardiac failure. I’m glad that at least one person in the world likes the way they look when sweaty and gross.
Also, you can do unassisted chin-ups? Even one?
And obviously the below comment was supposed to go here. Oops!
Haha, I felt kind of creepy taking the picture of her, but it amused me too much to let it pass.
And I can do about 7 unassisted chin-ups. Wide-grip pull-ups I can only do about 2 or 3 unassisted.
Holy crap! I can’t even do a single one. I try and I try and I just sort of dangle there. I probably look like I’m not doing anything, even though I’m straining with all my might.
How long did it take you to get to this point?
I’m gonna say probably about a year. But the truth is I don’t think I even *tried* to do a chin-up, I just assumed I couldn’t. But I got the idea in my head that I wanted to be able to do them, and at this time I was beginning to work on my overall strength a lot more. So probably about a year after I started getting serious about strength, I tried them and I was able to do 2.
Keep trying! You CAN do it. So many women tell me that they’d never be able to do it, but I don’t think that’s true. Just like anything, you have to really go for it and practice. This is a great article about chin ups. Check it out; I think it’ll help a lot:
Although I don’t exactly agree with her on one point. She says that you have to have somewhat of a low body fat % to do chins/pullups. While I do think that being lighter helps a lot, I think there’s a little more leeway than what she says. I’m probably about 23-25% body fat and I can do them, but then again I don’t weigh very much. But still! I think with enough practice just about anyone can do them.
I was going to say try unassisted chins & see what you can do but I see you already know that 😉 haha. It’s so funny to me when I’m training girls and they’re like “No way could I do a chin up!” after like a year of training and I make them try and they get a couple. Love it.
ANYhoo I also love brussels sprouts but they make Max gag. He’s weird about vegetables.
I’m guessing Max is your SO? Silly boys and their distaste for veggies 😛