Chin Up Challenge Attempt at 284 Lbs.
About 30 days ago, June 23rd 2009, I challenged myself. I was to perform one unassisted chin up by August 1st. I recorded myself not being able to perform a chin up, as proof. I then did some band assisted chin ups, three reps, for the first time ever. Not being able tp perform a chin up was pretty embarrassing, but the way I look at it is that I have a ton of room for growth. And I will show growth!
Just to recap, here are the starting numbers from June 23rd:
- 0 reps unassisted chin ups
- 3 reps band assisted chin ups
The good news is that instead of performing a chin up by August 1st, I was actually able to do it exactly one month after I challenged myself. On July 23rd I was able to record myself performing a chin up. Cool right? I think so. Not only does it show some strength, it helps me mentally because it encourages me to keep on plugging away at it. This part of the journey is great because I just keep showing positive signs of improvement.
One of the main reasons I was able to do the chin up is the weight loss. I basically lost about 18 lbs or so from June 23rd to July 23rd. Those 18 lbs were holding my fat ass down! The bands helped a lot to, thanks to Iron Woody Fitness for helping me reach my goal!
After watching the video I noticed that I had full control of that rep, so it was a good one. During the chin up I thought that I may have looked a little sloppy, but that’s not the case. That’s why I kept saying that I didn’t have full control. I am accustomed to doing chin ups from a dead hang, thanks to the military…but Muata suggested I don’t do that so that I’d engage the lats and not hurt any ligaments.
So Muata (Mr. Israel can’t do a pull up at 284 lbs because he is too fat and I was able to do my first chin up at 225 lbs but can now do 9.5 chin ups), I was able to do a chin up. What do you have to say now? You keep doubting me brotha!!! I told you that I was a beast. That’s what the whole unleashing thing is about my man. I’m not at your level yet, but I will be thanks to you. Critiquing and providing advice is always welcomed in my book. I know that I need to work on form for some movements, but that’s why video and people were created. Keep pushing me. It helps tremendously.
Numbers after 30 days:
- 1 rep unassisted chin ups
- 5 reps band assisted chin ups
Not too shabby! I can’t wait until I’m repping 10+ chins up! I don’t think that’s too far away…End of year maybe?
That’s one challenge down…2 more to go.