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Growing up playing sports, I’ve always had a little competitive side. Now that I no longer play team sports, I find myself competing with myself. I’m very goal oriented because it gives me focus and drive, so when I set a goal I am often times in competition with myself to accomplish that goal.
It’s been over two years now that I’ve been working out at BODI. Initially my goal was to get back into a routine of physical activity so that I could lose weight and tone up. Now that I’ve accomplished that goal, I set a new goal, which is to workout at BODI at least 5 times a week. Being a full body HIIT workout, I definitely went through a few weeks maybe even a month of muscle soreness as my body was getting acclimated to that many consecutive workouts. I used to rotate my BODI workouts with barre, yoga, cycle, hiking etc., but I’ve noticed the biggest difference in my strength and how my body actually looks when I’m consistent with my BODI workouts. Currently BODI has a 90-day challenge where they challenge everyone to workout at BODI at least 60 days from October 1st to December 31st. I’m currently on day 32 and have about 35 days left to get another 28 workouts in.
After the 90-day challenge is over and as we head into 2019, I want to set a goal for myself to be able to do a full pull up (palms facing away from you) and a chin up (palms facing towards you) without any assistance. by the end of the year.
I’m sure you’re thinking that giving myself an entire year to be able to do one pull up or chin up is too long of a time period. However, I know that the only way I’ll be able to accomplish this is if I practice and continue to exercise at BODI at least 4-5 times a week. Also, these photos were taken almost two years ago and I couldn’t even do either with rubber band assistance. Now I am able to do only one chin up (palms facing me) with rubber band assistance, but after that I am not able to reach the bar for a second or third try. Instead I move to the ground and pull on the rubber band in a pull up/chin up motion to help train my muscles (see photos above.) The beauty of working out at BODI is that with every exercise there is a modification to make the exercise harder or easier depending on your fitness level. Using the rubber band instead of doing the pull up/chin up exercise with the bar is totally okay. For me, I’ve been doing this for two years now and it’s time that I focus on improvements.
First things first, here is my plan for accomplishing my goal:
- Purchase new exercise gloves. Using the bar is so painful on my hands and it seems that is part of my problem for not being able to keep going.
- I will always start out using the rubber band to try to accomplish as many pull ups/chin ups as possible.
- Once I’m not longer reaching the bar, I will remove the rubber band and jump up in a hanging motion as a way to train my muscles.
- When my muscles are too tired for this, I will move to my knees and use the rubber band in a pull up motion to continue conditioning.
- As I continue to get stronger and can accomplish multiple pull ups/chin ups with the rubber band, I will remove the rubber bands and start trying to do a pull up and chin up without assistance. Then I’ll go through the same steps until I’m successful.
Additional exercises I can do are ring rows and equalizer rows, which are similar to this video. Additionally, I’ll focus on strengthening my core. What exercise goal are you setting for yourself in the new year? It’s never too early to start planning!
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Disclaimer: I am in no way a fitness expert, everything on TFK blog and specifically this blog post is written in my own opinion. If you are not sure if you should perform an exercise, please consult a physician.
Be you, bravely.
The Foxy Kat