Friday, May 04, 2012
I am going to learn how and get strong enough to do a pull-up, and a push-up.
Wait, scratch that, I'm gonna do pull-ups and push-ups. Multiple. In a row.
Am I dreaming? Not if I work at it.
I found a blog post that tells you how to work towards doing a pull-up, and I have learned from Couch to 5K is that doing things incrementally and being able to see little signs of improvement are what is really important to keep me going. And, that it is possible for me to do things that I have never done, or hated doing (i.e., waking up early, going to the gym, running).
So, I am starting to train to get to the point where I can do an unassisted pull-up, and start working on the dreaded push-up. I should re-iterate, I have never, ever done a successful pull-up or chin up (pull ups being the harder of the two for sure) and right now can barely get my chin off the ground for a push-up. But the areas of muscle that these exercises work are what I want to go for, especially for archery. I want to have strong, beautiful back and shoulder muscles. I want to be able to effortlessly pull and hold my bow. And I can't do that just playing with machines all the time.
I started today by challenging myself to work harder on my non-cardio days. There's no reason I should leave the gym not sweating just because I wasn't running.