Well folks, the pin on the assisted pull up machine moved up again. This means I am getting closer to my goal of one (yes, that’s right ONE) unassisted pull-up. The higher the pin edges upward, the less assistance I need from the machine and I am using more of my own body weight.
This pin stop used to be challenging. Now, it’s getting fairly easy:
This is pin stop is very challenging. (Aka, a whole lot of grunting, pulling and sweating):
I started a new pull up program a month ago, and I can feel that my strength has increased already. The program is the 3×3 program. You are pulling your weight up for three counts, holding at the top for three counts and then coming down on the negative for three counts. You start with 5 reps and work down to 1 rep. It is a lot harder than it seems and the last rep is difficult, especially the coming down for the three count finish. I got this method via a YouTube search and discovered personal trainer Shawna K. She gives very effective tips that are easy to follow for the novice and without a lot of jargon.
Here is a visual demonstration of the program hosted by Shawna K:
From my pull ups, I have also noticed Mr. Bicep peeping up to say hello a little more:
My shoulders have gained some mass, as well as two inches on my back width. Here is a photo I took today after the gym:Since I tweaked my diet last year, and added much more protein and a tad more carbohydrates and good fats, my goal of upper body mass is being met and I am looking less lanky above the waist and find my body is balancing out. I am feeling less a T-Rex and more a tigress. I may have to give this blog a new name and look. How does Unleash the Tigress sound? We will see how that goes. I simply feel like everything is finally coming together, and all that time at the gym and meal prepping is paying off. This is an ever evolving process and just goes to show that anyone can achieve this if they really want it.
Could victory soon be mine? Stay tuned folks. Things are looking “up.”