I did all my pull-ups tonight without the aid of a chair, just to see how many I can do. Why? Testing myself for the upcoming P90X Certification class. Here are the results.
I was able to do 10 close-grip overhand pull-ups without taking any break. For wide grip and reverse grip, I did 10…but I had to pause after 5 or 6. Then I did 12 with the switch grip pull-ups. These are the only four that you do during Legs and Back.
My results during Back and Biceps were a lot worse. Part of this was due to the fact that my biceps were screaming in agony from the curls. I found out that I can’t even do a SINGLE “towel pull-up.” And as for “corn cob pull-ups,” I’d rather not even go there!
This had me thinking about something Tony said during one of the workouts. He said, “Everyone has their weaknesses and their strengths. Me, I’m pull-up boy…” Then he went on how to describe someone else was better at tricep moves than him, but his statement lingered in my mind. I thought to myself, “Dammit, *I* want to be pull-up boy!”
The thing is, I will really have to work on it. I think the only answer to this might be forcing myself to do the pull-ups without the help of a chair, no matter how pathetic those towel/corn cob pull-ups make me feel! After all, how will I ever be able to teach P90X in a gym if I can’t do the moves?
This made me think about my other weaknesses. When it comes down to it, I really feel like I have only about three trouble areas (which isn’t bad, considering how many exercises these programs put me through):
*balance (REALLY sloppy during some Yoga moves)
One-arm/dive bomber/side-arm balance push-ups still give me trouble (plus maybe one or two more I can’t think of right now). Regarding the balance issue, I will just have to push my way through Yoga X from now on instead of playing it safe with Fountain of Youth. No more excuses!!!
As a closing note, I WAS going to put flexibility down…but I think the only move where that becomes a concern is the Reverse Half Moon during Yoga X. While my flexibility certainly isn’t what it is when I was in my late teens/early 20’s, I don’t think I am in bad enough shape to consider it a big issue.