torstai 19. helmikuuta 2009

Week 1

So the schedule didn't quite hold, as I did Tuesday's pull-up sets on Wednesday, but nevertheless, Here's this week's chart:

Day 1:
Morning push-ups: 41 + 38 + 51 = 130
A good start taking into account my low expectations. The first thought that occurred to me after this session was that I just might try and get up to 100 consecutive push-ups too (another goal I've had for some time).
Pull-ups: 6 + 5 + 4 + 4 + 4 = 23
On day 1, the program prescribes 5 max repeat sets of pull-ups with a 90 second pause between each. The results were mediocre as I had predicted.

Day 2:
Morning push-ups: 45 + 55 + 50 = 150
Huzzah, improvement!
Pull-ups: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 1 + 3 = 19
For this pull-up session, I was at the swimming hall gym. I did some light warm-ups beforehand and went at it. The results perfectly matched my expectations. The pull-ups were done in a pyramid patter (first 1, then 2, then 3...) until failure, followed by a single max rep set.

Day 3:
Morning push-ups: 50 + 44 + 41 = 135
Boo, hiss...
Pull-ups: 6 + 6 + 6 = 18
Now the concept of the training set kicked in. The training set is a predetermined amount of pull-ups that you think you can repeat several times in a row. For this first week, I set my training set at a lowly 2. Thus, this day's sets consisted of 3 x 2 pull-ups, followed by 3 x 2 chin-ups and finishing with 3 x 2 pull-ups. The set wasn't too easy because I let myself down into a dead hang between each repeat. I'm still considering if I should raise the training set to 3 for the next week.

Day 4:
Morning push-ups: 41 + 43 + 25 = 109
Even worse! I let my mind wander during the last set and set down my knee for some weird reason.
Pull-ups: 32 * 2 + 1= 64
Done at the university gymnastics room, on several different bars and things you can hang from (rings, ledges). Today the task was to do as many training sets as possible, resting for 60 seconds between each. I didn't count the seconds exactly, but I was at it for about 30 minutes. I could've done more (at least a couple of sets), I'm sure, but the other activities at the gym enticed me to retire early. Apparently, the best environment for these sets is away from any interesting diversions. Again, I started from a dead hang on each pull-up.

Day 5:
Morning push-ups: 51 + 45 + 41 = 137
Again, the last set was cut short. Yargh!
Pull-ups: 8 + 5 + 5 + 3 + 5 = 26
On day 5, you're supposed to repeat the pull-up session from the previous week that you felt to be the toughest. I chose day 1, and improved on the previous result by 3 pull-ups. Improvement ahoy? Oh, and I did these on Wednesday, bah.

The real fun starts later when I start comparing the results from following weeks. I'm also trying to practice my handstands again, and have gained some extra stability during the last week. Handstand push-ups are also getting close to being a reality.

1 kommentti:

Maiju kirjoitti...

Wow, u mad. Wif pikshers, ai saiz ;)

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