Monday, January 28, 2013

A simple weight-training goal

I really wanted to make 2013 the year I get back into weight training—well, I say "back" into. The only times I was ever seriously weight training were in 1990, when I was on the Northwestern swim team, and in 2002, when I faithfully followed a triathlon-related program.

Yep, once every decade of my adult life sounds about right.

Anyway, I've been looking for a training program online, something that focuses on heavy weights and good technique, and something with a schedule that would tell me exactly what to do two or three days a week. I haven't found anything free that I like yet, but I did find some interesting advice:
"If you can't perform 10 perfect push-ups or a single bodyweight chin-up, set up your training so you can achieve those goals."
That sounds pretty reasonable to me, and better yet, it sounds like something I can handle on my own. Right now I can do three perfect push-ups (M.H. says "more like 2½") and not-even-remotely-close-to-any chin-ups. Betcha I can improve on that.

6 comments:

  1. Not to discourage you, but this was interesting.

    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/10/25/why-women-cant-do-pull-ups/

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    1. I saw that, and then, in my search for weight training info, about three thousand angry rebuttals and YouTube videos of women doing pull-ups. Plus, I've done a pull-up before, so I know it can be done.

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  2. I can do about a half-pull-up now, and I really think I will eventually be able to do one. A great goal! I never do push-ups. I should. We bought a treadmill, so that's exciting.

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  3. Well now I want to know what you said!

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    1. I just moved my reply to Aunt B up into the proper place so it wouldn't be confusing. Nothing sinister! :)

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