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The Art of the Pull-up

Dressy pull-ups on a friend's roof deckI did my very first pull-up in July of 2010, and, since then, pull-ups have become one of my favorite things to do.  (Apparently, anywhere.)  There's something very satisfying about just sort of dangling off a bar and then hoisting yourself up over it.

My goal for this spring was to do 10 in a row without leaving the bar.  It hasn't happened yet, and it may still take a while.  My max is seven, and I'm generally psyched if I manage five in a row.  Often, it's just two or three.

It's frustrating that it's taking me so long to string together more consecutive reps, but at least I'm getting stronger.  On Saturday morning, I did 50 in total.  Most were singles or doubles and they were broken up over the course of a workout that took me nearly 45 minutes.  Still, 50 pull-ups is a lot of pull-ups, and way more than I had ever done in one workout. 

So, yay.

-Gym Belle-

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