I worked out with the 9:30 athletes, led by Coach Deborah, and was joined by Dustin for bench press. This is the 2nd week of this strength cycle but the 1st time I attempted 30 bench presses. ‘Twas fun!
I may have been overly cautious in choosing weight, as I settled on 115# and completed in 1:55. I began with 10 unbroken reps and completed no less than 2 reps at a time. I saw many folks struggle with last couple of reps. I may be beginning to like bench presses.
I chose the Speal bar closest to the front of the box and Luke settled himself by the rings, i.e., close by. I set a goal to make it through the round of 18 and, yes, I achieved this goal.
I began each round with as few as 1 and as many as 4 unbroken butterfly pull-ups. I completed through the round of 15 in unbroken reps but by the round of 18 was doing as few as 2 at a time. I often completed the last rep as a butterfly pull-up as well.
I was the last person standing and had quite a crowd around me during the last few rounds. Jessica was kind enough to record a couple of rounds. I completed round 18 with about 5 or so seconds left and could’ve and should’ve attempted another round. I didn’t, however, want to keep folks from cooling down and stretching. I’m nice like that.
So, how many pull-ups did I complete? One hundred seventy-one!
And with not a single tear of the hands. It’s all about the grip, folks.