Work Out Wednesday – Pull Yourself Up!

The Who, What, Where, When & Why of my fitness regime

Pull Yourself Up!

“The first requisite of a good citizen in this republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his own weight” – Theodore Roosevelt

As some of you already know, I sometimes swing around, and hang upside down.  

Whether it’s for professional reasons, fitness relatedor just plain fun ~ 

It’s definitely not as easy as it looks.

Last week, my roomie Rydell Suicide & I started aerial hoop classes.  The first class was an hour of basic technique, and strength training.  Remember when I said that hanging upside down isn’t as easy as it looks?  Damn straight.  By the end of class, when I asked Rydell to pose for a photo, I got this:

“You want me to do what?!?”
Now, as with all fitness related activities, time, and practice heals all wounds.  We’ve been doing our “aerial homework” and I can already tell that we’ll be stronger in next week’s class.  How can I be so sure?  Pull ups.

Pull ups are an upper body compound exercise.  Compound exercises are a popular method of training, used to develop strength, by working multiple muscle groups at once.  In the case of pull ups, the latissimus dorsi, biceps, triceps and core, are all utilized.   

Here is an incredibly detailed and technically proficient explanation, care of Expert Village 

Earlier this year, the very talented Fred Fraser invited me to participate in his Collodion project.  His first question?  “Do you think you can hold a pull-up for 3 minutes?”  My answer?  “How many reps?” 😉

And so, whether it’s for personal growth and development, or because you plan to swing upside down, 30 feet in the air, a pull up is an incredibly powerful and useful exercise.  And last, but certainly not least, it’ll give you some pretty sick abs too 😉

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    Nathan Musgrove

    The human body is set up much better to push rather than pull, so even more reason to work the pull up and other pulling movements. But "setting" your shoulders is definitely a big key. Dont just hang, set your shoulders down and back then pull, great write up, and love the Fred Fraser pic, back looks amazing 😉

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