Friday, April 6, 2012

The Most Painful Thing At The Gym

I have discovered it so that you don’t have to.

Part of one of my new programs includes doing sets of pull-ups, eight sets to be precise.  Each 20 second set is separated 10 seconds of rest.  During each 20 second set I can manage about ten pull-ups.   Now I should mention that I am using the assisted pull thingy for this, I did do regular pull-ups in a previous program, but whatever.  During the first few sets it is fine, my arms are fine, it’s all good.  Near the middle it I can start to feel it, and by the end I’m struggling to make the 10th pull-up.

So 80 pull-ups and that is not the worst part of it yet.  The worst part is when I am done.  Yeah not until about thirty seconds after the whole ordeal is over does it get bad.  Because that is when my forearm cramp like mad.  My hands are all claw like, and I sort of hold them up like lasers are going to start shooting out of the palms of my hands.

I don’t think I have done anything else like that in my time working out that has made muscles hurt so much after I’m done doing that thing.


  1. it's called tabata! one of the go to crossfit workouts :)

  2. oh I know... I have a whole workout based on tabada.. just that this pull up one in particular is killer