If you’re in your 20s and grew up in California, you had to go through the President’s Physical Fitness Test. You had to do a certain number of push ups, curl ups, and pull ups, and you had to reach a certain height on your trunk lift and a certain distance on your sit & reach and run a certain time on your mile. Let’s just say that the only ones I was ever decent at were the trunk lift and the sit and reach. I may not have been strong or fast, but I used to have decent flexibility.
I had been pretty much resigned to the fact that I’d never have good upper body strength, and I’d NEVER be able to do a pull up. But when I started running — something happened. I actually started developing muscles in my upper body. I’ve never had bigger biceps than when I was training for my marathon last year. Apparently I REALLY use my arms to propel me forward, and when you’re doing 18 and 20 mile training runs, it adds up.
I’m loving the new found strength and definition, but I’m now determined to take it farther, to somewhere I’ve never gone before…I’m ready to do ONE PULL UP!
Runnin’ for Rhett Folsom trainer, Josiah, is also a personal trainer “on the side” and he wrote a great blog post about this very thing. He says that I need to start out hanging. So, here you have it, Day 1: I hung for about 1 min total (6 x 10 seconds). I’ll be in the hanging stage for a few weeks to say the least. Lifting 150 pounds in the air is a challenge for now.