My Road To A Pull Up Begins

This evening I searched the internet for tips and techniques for building up strength to do a pull up. A series on YouTube caught my eye which showed an 8 step process to starting pull ups. (Click link for video)

Pull Ups For Beginners

I must admit when I watched this video for the first time I thought I would start on level 3 or 4 but after doing level one tonight I can tell you I have a long way to go. My arms are already sore! This is crazy, but it makes sense since body weight exercises are one of my largest weaknesses and I’ve never done a pull up ever. I’m hoping to reach my goal by Christmas.

Have any of you used this or any other fitness videos on YouTube? Or have you used a different technique to start doing pull ups? I’d love to know and will keep you posted on when I am finally able to do a single pull up haha.

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Progress Photos & A New Fitness Goal

Hello Everyone,

Its been a while since i’ve updated so I thought tonight would be a good opportunity to give you a quick update. I am still consistently working out 4-5 times a week despite my busy schedule. As mentioned in my last post, my grad school diet has been more “college” like than my undergrad but I’m working on it. Hannah and I have talked about our recent eating habits and we would both like to make an effort to eat healthier. In an effort to hold myself accountable to this goal I am going to start posting some of my meals on here. I would also like to hear what kind of healthy meals you are having throughout the day especially on the go since this is one of my largest problem areas.

Aside from food I also have a new fitness goal! Today I purchased a pull up bar and am going to start working on doing pull ups. As of today I cannot do a single pull up and have been nervous to attempt them at the gym in front of people. Do any of you do pull ups? If so how did you begin building your upper body strength to do so? How would you recommend I begin? My current technique involves hanging from the bar and lifting my legs above the ground. It’s a little hard to explain, maybe i’ll post a video to better illustrate my attempts.

Below are my latest progress photos. I’m making progress but have quite a ways to go 🙂 Have a great start to your week everyone.


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Bringing Up The Rear – What A Difference A Year Didn’t Make

We all want that booty of our dreams right?


Interesting.  I’m looking back at my original post, Bringing Up The Rear, and realize that it was published almost a year ago. An entire year.  Wow, that is really telling – see?  Documentation is everything because it really puts things into perspective.

If you read that post last October, you know that I was frustrated with that nagging, sagging body part.  I was even so dedicated to make change that I created a haiku this past spring to fuel my determination.

Well I’m sorry to report that not much has changed since my original quest began.  I amped it up for a while, with OK progress, but then slipped into The Slacking Season, so I’m clearly not where I wanted to be in a year’s time.

I apologize for the grainy selfies, but you get the idea.  The orange suit pic is Oct, 2012 and the grainies were taken yesterday.

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No Excuses: Update

As I mentioned in a previous post I recently started grad school, but I haven’t let it keep me from my workouts. I’m still lifting 2-3 days a week and doing cardio or yoga 1-2 days a week. Being busy with work, school, and other aspects of my life has made me look forward to my workouts more than ever. Going to the gym is a delightful way to de-stress between homework sessions. I have however found myself to be in a forever bulking phase of training. Since beginning school a few weeks ago my diet has suffered drastically. Having not made the time to plan meals, I find myself eating junk food way more than i’d like to acknowledge. Posted below are this weeks progress pics which in my opinion show muscle mass progress but also extra weight. Could any of your offer advice for eating health on a crazy busy schedule or offer food suggestions of any kind. Building muscle mass has been one of the main goals of my training up until this point, now i’d like to move forward with some “toning”. Any suggestions with that would also be really welcomed. Until next time all have a wonderful rest of your weekend 🙂


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More Lifting And Less Cardio = Muscle Más

Check out this inspirational woman!


Just a quick update on my continuing project – adding back the mass I lost over the summer.  I’ve done this in a few ways, which I’ll discuss, and I’ve also included a few new photos (taken today) to show where I’m at.  Didn’t think I could capture it well in the video using my phone with point blank arm-length range!

I’ve also included Nicole’s drop sets video I referenced.

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Sneaky Wonderful Workout

This evening when I got off work I had a headache and wasn’t looking forward to the gym, hey its monday after all. Despite these feelings I downed my supplements and headed to my Body Pump session. It ended up being the best workout I’ve had in a while. I pushed myself to point of almost throwing up in class multiple times and reached new highs on all my weights.  22kg is now my regular squat weight, 20 kg for chest and back, 17kg for triceps, lunges are 5kg, and 12kg for biceps 🙂 I hope this progress continues through the week. Have a relaxing monday night everyone, I’m off to read my first book for grad school!

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Crossfit Mom

This past week I discovered a story of a woman who posted a photo of herself doing crossfit at a little over 8 months pregnant. This photo I spired some extreme reactions from many people. I for one think she’s an inspiration, if I could do an extreme activity like crossfit at her stage in pregnancy I’d be amazed. It’s unfortunate that she has to go under such scrutiny for maintaining her fitness regiment when she obviously feels up to the challenge. What are your thoughts? Full story below,

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