Weighted Pull-up Progress

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Weighted Pull-up Progress

On November 14, 2012 I wrote a post entitled “How Women Can Train to do Pull-ups WELL.” You can read this post HERE. This post was in response to a New York Times blog post in the New York Times Health & Science Well Section entitled “Why Women Can’t Do Pull-ups.” In my post I wrote about my journey with pull-ups and how women can indeed train to do pull-ups well, and in fact better than some men in cases. At the time, on November 7, 2012 I had achieved a personal record with my weighted pull-up with a 16kg (35.2lbs) and a body weight pull-up personal record when I completed 12 consecutive body weight pull-ups on November 9, 2012.

Since November 7, 2012, I raised the weight that I was using to train weighted pull-ups from 18lbs (3 reps, 3 sets) to 20lbs (3 reps, 3 sets). Today December 2, 2012 I decided to attempt a pull-up with a 20kg (44lbs) kettlebell. Below is my pull-up attempt. I got my chin over the bar and some might say that it counts as a rep, but I don’t think it’s quite there.

December 2, 2012 – 20kg (44lbs) weighted pull-up

Also today, I did achieve another pull-up personal record by  completing a weighted pull-up with an 18kg (39.6lbs) kettlebell. Below is the video.

December 2, 2012 – 18kg (39.6lbs) weighted pull-up

My progress reiterates that women CAN train to do pull-ups well. Furthermore, with a consistent strength training routine, including heavy strength training like these weighted pull-ups, and a few tweaks to my diet, I have UNINTENTIONALLY lost 6lbs since April from 118lbs to my current weight of 112lbs. I am working on a post that speaks to the diet changes that I made as a follow-up to my post about finding one’s ideal time of day to exercise, entitled “Since WHEN did I become a morning person.??” You can read this post HERE.

In the meantime, you know that change that you’re waiting to make on January 1, 2013??? What are you waiting for?? Make it TODAY.

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