Chin-Up Challenge Day 7: Guilt Monkeys

In the rules I laid out in the ‘current challenge’ section up top, I essentially say there are no rules. I have 94 days to be able to hoist my body 10 times into the air and let my chin hover over a bar. That being said there is only one way to get there. And that’s by putting in the work every day until then. Right now I have a couple of guilt monkeys backpacking on my shoulders because I hit the ol’ black top right outta town this past weekend and despite naïvely thinking I could get my weight and cardio work outs in, I did not.

Well… I mean… I hit the dance floor pretty hard at one point, but the rainbow of shots I had beforehand really over-shadowed any good my awkward dance moves may have done.

The thing about this challenge is that it’s all or nothing. There are technically no slip ups until the day of reckoning when I grab that bar and try to skyrocket above it. Like anything, if you squander the moment, you don’t get it back. There’s rarely a redo button and with the chin-up challenge if I miss a work out, I can’t make it up later. I had 94 days. Now, I have 87 days.

While I can’t make up what I missed, I did try to up the ante.

Instead of these bad boys…

Small Dumbbells





I used these guys today:





Okay, I still had to use the little dummies for a couple of the exercises, but I have to admit that deadline has me worrying something fierce. As I’m panting away trying to lift a ten pound dumbbell I can’t help thinking about the fact that I weigh significantly more than that. So I want to use heavier weights sooner rather than later.

There’s also a saying or a meme or some sort of internet created thought out there that more or less says Don’t say there isn’t enough time. Instead, say this isn’t a priority.’ Real nifty little saying isn’t it? No wonder I have guilt monkeys. It’s a spew of truth though and sometimes the challenge lies in maybe not what you can physically do, but in what you give up, sacrifice or change in the name of putting in your best effort.

Excuses are easy, progress never is. I’d rather fall on the right side of that line.

Today’s Workout

  1. Stick ups
  2. Scapular retractions
  3. Assisted pulls ups
  4. Bent over row
  5. Hanging leg raises
  6. Bicep curls
  7. Chest press
  8. Push ups
  9. Planks
  10. Dumbbell front raises
  11. Tricep over-head press
  12. Dumbbell dead lifts
  13. Dumbbell squats
  14. Mountain climbers
  15. Reverse hip lift

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