That may be an exaggeration…but just barely.
As y’all know, I’ve recently launched myself headfirst into Crossfit world by attending WODs at Big Horn Crossfit. I’ve tried a few combinations for my workout schedule, but I’ve settled into going to the box three times per week. It seems to be strengthening my running legs (a story for another post!) and I am loving the challenge of the workouts.
And speaking of challenges…I need to
brag tell you about what I did on Friday. Because, quite honestly, I was pretty proud of myself!
First off, let me reiterate that I have the upper body strength of a newborn infant. It’s always been my weak area and since most of my beloved outdoor sports (skiing, running, hiking, cycling, etc.) rely on leg strength, I’ve never focused on my pipe cleaner arms. I mean, I will even admit to sore triceps after long days skiing where I used my poles to drag myself across catwalks. WEAK SAUCE.
Having provided y’all with that disclaimer, I now feel free to brag: during Friday’s workout, I did 100 pull-ups and 100 tricep/ring dips!
I showed up at the box, feeling a little sleepy and ecstatic for the upcoming weekend. However, when I looked at the whiteboard, I became a bit nervous when I read the following:
10 rounds for time:
10 pull-ups and 10 hanging ring dips
Um, ouch. Math may not be my strong suit, but I was pretty confident that 100 pull-ups and 100 ring dips was going to leave it’s painful mark on my weakling arms!
Of course, I still can’t do a strict pull-up or for that matter, a ring dip. (If you’ve been around the Crossfit block, I’m sure you don’t need the following explanation, but I imagine a bunch of you are new to this like I am!) I scale both movements because I am nowhere near strong enough to do them normally! For the pull-ups, I use a green resistance band that our coach hangs over the bar so I can place one foot in it. It takes a good chunk of my body weight so that I am only lifting a portion of myself. For the ring dips, I used another resistance band and strung it between the rings. I put my knee into it so the band supported some of my weight and helped keep the rings together while I did the tricep dips. Make sense?
There were four of us in the workout on Friday, so it took a few minutes for each of us to get our stations set up accordingly. After that, our coach set the timer and we were off!
The first couple o’ rounds weren’t so bad and I started to think that the workout was going to be easier than expected. Yeah, that was a mental lie! I was halfway through my pull-ups on round four when I realized that I wasn’t even 50% of the way through the workout- this was going to hurt!
I will admit that I only made it through half of my ring dips before dropping down to regular tricep dips on a plyo box. However, I made it through all 100 pull-ups on the bar, so that was a total win for me!
Final Time for the Workout: 17:53. Total number of muscles that are still sore today, four days later: 496. Or at least it feels that way!
Obviously, I have a lot of work to do since I scale everything to the utmost level. However, I am psyched that I was even able to do 100 pull-ups, assisted or not, and I’m starting to look forward to the day when I can string together one or two without any help or bands. Mark my words, y’all!
TRUTH! Can you do pull-ups? How many?
The last time I was able to do strict, unassisted pull-ups was in fifth grade for the Presidential Physical Fitness test. Girls had to do 3 and that was the only task that stood between me and my badge. And damnit, I wanted that badge!
What have you done lately that’s worth bragging about?
And it can totally be non-fitness related. Maybe you’re psyched that you ate an entire jar of Nutella. In my book, that’s equally worth of kudos!