Chin-Up Challenge Day 3: Riding Wild

I have worked out before. I have even worked out hard, once upon a time, training for university sports, and yet I still wasn’t prepared for the phenomenon of insta-muscle-soredom.

For that one period of time way back when of absolute abdominal destruction that was our ab work out for hockey, I still didn’t feel sore until the next day. I mean, it was intense – none of us could laugh for half a week after our first session. We almost sounded French, trying to hehe our laughter and minimize the ab pain. Joking felt like death.

But this was not so with workout número one here. The soreness crept in as I was lifting and puffing and panting away and continued to get worse as the day went on and yesterday I lived in fear of today: Workout número two.

Although my muscles were still sore from Tuesday, it actually wasn’t that bad. I mean, I still obviously can’t squirm and thrust and flex my way to a proper hanging leg raise and my muscles are still tired and sore, but perhaps it’s that they were just completely shocked that after months (and months…) of neglect they got thrown back into heavy action so abruptly.

Now, I have to say that damn stability ball so easily makes a fool of me. This time I felt like a city slicker trying to get on a horse without having any idea how. I was attempting a stability ball plank, but really I went off that sucker every which way with my sweating arms just helping that ball escape from me. I can see it like a montage in my mind: off the back, over to the right, now to the left, ohhh right over the front!

So, I have some other goals developing in addition to the 10 chin ups in 94 days: doing proper hanging leg raises, and breaking that ball like an ornery pony. I’m sure more will be added as I continue to learn how bad I am at most of the exercises. But I feel more confident that I can win these small victories. As for the big giant that is 10 chin-ups… well, I’m just as unconfident as ever. But, if you’ve followed along with any of my previous challenges, then you know that won’t stop me from doing everything I can to try and earn another success notch on the ol’ challenge belt.

Today’s Workout

  1. Stick ups
  2. Jump pull ups with controlled descent
  3. Assisted pull ups
  4. Bent over row
  5. Reverse dumbbell flies
  6. Hanging leg raises
  7. Turned out bicep curls
  8. Chest press
  9. Push ups
  10. Stability ball plank
  11. Dumbbell Squats
  12. Dead lifts
  13. Mountain climbers


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