Putting Together a Pull Up Plan
Saturday, June 30, 2012
Quest for "Sarah Connor pullups" continues...
I found a way to simulate assisted pullups: the swimming pool.
The DH and I went for a walk along the beach, wading in the water. The Georgia beaches are packed today because of the heat. We stopped in downtown Savannah for lunch, then headed home, where we jumped in the pool. In a moment of epiphany, I grabbed the side of the pool and found a way to do an assisted pull-up.
The motion of grabbing the side of the pool, then chucking yourself over the edge is not too unlike a pull up. As I am unable to do a pull up, I am also unable to pick myself up over the edge of the swimming pool gracefully. I have to throw my leg over the edge and flop over like a seal. Saving myself the embarrassment, I usually swim over to a ladder.
I tried to focus on the muscles being used. I attempted both a wide grip and narrow grip, and I could notice the difference. The narrow grip made my triceps and lower abs/back burn. Wide grip burned more of my rear delts, but also lower abs/back.
Yesterday I took a break from pushups because I was a bit sore. From my 'assisted' pullups results today, I'm going to add tricep kickbacks and core exercises. I'm thinking yoga and swimming are fun ways to build up core strength.