And in other breaking news, scientists have recently discovered that water is wet.
I don't know why I thought it would be easy to learn how to do pull-ups. The fact is, I've never done a single one in my entire life. Last year, after UltraIronHubs gave me the indoor pull-up bar and assistance band for Christmas, I tried for a few weeks to work on it, but really wasn't very consistent. I got a little better, but, you know... they were HARD. So that petered out. Every month or so I would hop up and do a few, maybe five or ten, but they were HARD. Which is why it really, really shouldn't surprise me that I'm struggling with them again this year. I don't know, I thought maybe all the weights I've lifted this year would have translated into some sort of pulling strength, but whaddya know? In order to do a pull-up, apparently you have to actually practice pulling up. (Seriously, this whole post is like a great big "DUH!")
So, here's my year of progress so far:
|Day One - Inverted Rows on my outdoor parallel bars. These were tough, but I managed a few of them. Actually, I managed quite a few with my feet on the ground, but only a handful with my feet elevated like this.|
|Day two. Yes, you can see on my face just how much I am enjoying these!|
I had to REST on day three because my back muscles were screaming at me, but I did some jumping pull-ups on day four. These were fun!
|I hopped up on the assistance band for day five. The band didn't offer me enough assistance to do more than about six of these bad boys.|
|And that brings us to today. More inverted rows, more grimacing.|
Note to self: don't do handstands outside.
Can you do a pull-up?? Have you even tried one as an adult??