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Training Board is basically my gym notebook.

In theory, I can also blog in a more public spirited way about weightlifting, nutrition, weight loss, etc. But mostly, I just use this blog to track my workouts. And surfing.

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I'm a level I "sports performance certified" USAW coach, and I train, and work as a trainer at Asheville Strength and Conditioning, a great little gym here in Asheville, N.C.

I work with clients who want to get strong and fit, and am especially happy with helping older or detrained individuals.

My own training now is more focused on developing strength and using basic lifts and classic strength and conditioning techniques. A lot of the older portions of this blog deal with CrossFit and reflect my journey into fitness self-awareness. I first discovered CrossFit, back in late 2008. I learned a lot from CrossFit's "fitness as sport" model of training -- and benefited tremendously from training with my friends at CrossFit Asheville -- and furthermore I must credit my interest in CrossFit for opening my eyes to the larger world of training for strength athletics, Olympic-style weightlifting, powerlifting, and other arcane approaches to moving the Iron around.

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Workouts • May 2, 2009, at 4:36 pm

Pull-Up Challenge

Status Quo with Pull-Ups

Here’s the deal with my pull-ups.

I am 6’2″ / 189 lbs / 40 y.o., and was never any good at pull-ups. Pull-ups are my weakest CrossFit related exercise. Pull-ups were were the weakest link in my “Tabata Something Else” yesterday.

At the gym these days I use a rubber-band to assist me through all workouts that call for pull-ups. And I’ve been saying for a while that I wasn’t really progressing with them. I want change.

It happens that, at home I also have a home pull-up bar of my own making. And some bands. At present I can do about 10 pull ups with a small (1.25″) assistance band.

A Pull-Up Challenge

To my surprise, yesterday I did a dead hang pull-up on my bar at home. So today I again did one. And later I did another one.

It’s my home brew Pull-Up Challenge. Tomorrow I will do 3. On up to as many days as I have access to a pull up, or 100, whichever comes first.

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  • Yeah, I know, but I didn’t realize I had begun the challenge until the second day. Thanks to the anonymous commentator!

  • I’m in! It appears I am 8 days behind. You started May 1st, right? So, today I will owe 26 deadhangs. Being that I live at the gym all day it should not be a problem and although I do spend my entire day at the gym and am able to do pull-ups one can always improve. My own rules are that I may need to skip a day based upon how I am feeling especially surrounding regionals next weekend, but I’ll make it up after if needed. This means we will have done 5,050 deadhang pull-ups by…August 8th? If I counted correctly. In the very least it will give us something to chat about at 6am. Perhaps we should try to collect photos from some unique places to do deadhang pull-ups. Hmm…the wheel is turning.

  • Awesome! Today is day 8, but I take my rest days off (at your hubby’s suggestion… that I at least don’t just power straight through and injure myself), so the ticker will advance only 5 days a week (M-W, F-Sa).

    So yes, you owe 1+2+3+4+5+6+7 & 8 for today = 36 dead hang pull-ups.

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hi mom!