Chin-Up Challenge Day 18: Typo Induced Muscle

Things were going smooth. Well, about as smooth as always so for those of you who have been devoutly following my struggle that means pathetic leg raises, plunging controlled decent, and failure – all with just a faint whisper of improvement. I’m following a pre-created workout regimen because I have never done weight training before so I need someone to tell me what to do. This one is even tailored to maximize your chin-up potential.

As I’m working my way through the exercises, I stumble upon this: Repeat both exercises 2 more times (2 sets total.) Normally it would say either Repeat both exercises 2 more times (3 sets total) or Repeat both exercises (2 sets total.)

What to do, what to do. Is it two sets or… is it three? Usually a typo only results in the extra physical work it takes to punch the old backspace key and tap in the right character. Not this time. Nope. It resulted in 10 more assisted pull ups and 10 more bent over rows.

After that little dilemma I get back into the swing of things, slowly making my way yet again until…. confusion strikes again! This time it’s for the reverse hip lift. It says: 10 reps each leg. But. Why wouldn’t it just say do 20? So I got into a panic thinking I’ve been doing the wrong exercise and quickly hit google for the truth.

I was doing the right exercise. But now, I’m not sure if I’m necessarily doing it right. It seemed straight forward, but is there some additional maneuver? Some unwritten method? Some secret muscle maxing strategy? It’s an ab exercise so why the mention of legs? I feel like it could have just as easily said do 2 reps for each finger or 20 reps for each head you have… unless a typographical error snuck in again and I was only to do 10 reps per set after all.

I did 20 just to be safe. Which meant I potentially did an extra 30 altogether.

Typos aside, my pushups look more legit these days so I’m pretty happy with that. It’s probably because I’m doing all this extra work and my muscles are booming. So thank you typos. Thank you.

Today’s Workout

  1. Stick ups
  2. Scapular retractions
  3. Assisted pull ups with controlled descent
  4. Bent over row
  5. Dumbbell row
  6. Hanging leg raises
  7. Dumbbell bicep curls
  8. Push ups
  9. Plank holds (30 seconds)
  10. Chest press
  11. Dumbbell front raise
  12. Tricep over head press
  13. Deadlifts
  14. Dumbbell squats
  15. Reverse hip lifts
  16. Plank holds (30+ seconds)
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