My Journey to 1000 Chin-ups and 1000 Dips Per Day – #12

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Welcome to this 12th post in my journey to get to 1000 chin-ups and dips every day.  I skipped a week of posting, and now I’m back on it.

This post will be different from the others.  I’m not going to give details about how I did every day because, quite frankly, my performance hasn’t been the best.  It is partly due to not getting my time right, but it is also due to me changing my shift at work to 5:00 in the morning and taking care of my daughter for a few hours after work.  After my wife gets off of work, it’s pretty much dinner and bedtime.  I’m sure that all my parents out there can feel me.

Anyhow, I am not a quitter, so I do what I can.  I’ve averaged about two days during the week where I get 200 dips, and approximately 100 chin-ups (since I have widened my range of motion so that my “chin-ups” are now more like “chest-ups”).

For my legs, I have been doing 100 body weight squats per day (with other exercises like Jump Lunges, Box Jumps and Sprints thrown in sometimes), and I’ve also been doing a certain exercise for my abs that I won’t disclose until sometime later when I’ve had a chance to perfect it and post on my YouTube page.

Check Out My Progress Since December 5th

Here’s a pic that shows you how my body has changed since I started this 1000 chin-ups/dips challenge:

 

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As you can see, I started at 179 and am hovering somewhere around 177 these days.  The body fat percentage is as good as I can approximate with my calipers, but it’s pretty obvious that I am more lean in the February 27th page.  I believe also that the dips and chin-ups have increased my arm size somewhat.

You might recall that before I began to lean out, I spent the first several weeks of chin-ups and dips with increasing my caloric intake with PB&J Sandwiches, potatoes and other things to increase my muscle mass.  I have been focusing on leaning more recently by limiting my carb-heavy food intake to one meal per day, while using the rest of the day to get tons of non-starchy vegetables in (steamed broccoli, cabbage, large salads, collards, etc.) with a little meat as well.  Trust me…that really works for getting fat levels down.

I have been doing very little cardio, since doing so for me will cause me to lose weight too fast.  Losing weight too fast means that you lose more muscle in the process, and that’s not good.  I will do cardio in the form of Sprint Interval Training and other more high intensity methods if I feel I need a boost to get the fat off faster.

I plan to post another picture to compare to my December 5th picture from here until I complete the #250KChallenge sponsored by Bodybuilding.com.


Materials Used to Help Me Reach My Goals

In this section, I share with you the things I’ve been using to help me reach my goals.  Because I train exclusively with calisthenics these days, I tend to not need much equipment, but I still have a couple of items that help me do what I have to do.

Portable Chin-up Bar – I’ve had my portable chin-up bar for at least 2-3 years now, and it holds up well.  When I first searched for one, I realized that there aren’t many out there.  This one does the job, and its portability allows me to put it up when I’m done, and to use it for training other people.  It is made by a company called Trapeze Rigging.

Portable Dip Bar – I’ve had my dip bar for almost 4 years, and it is great.  It’s hard to find somewhere to do dips when you aren’t at the gym unless you have the luxury of a nearby playground with parallel bars.  You can actually use it to do modified pull-ups as well.  It’s durable, easy to disassemble and stick under a bed, and is made by Ultimate Body Press.

Doorway Chin-up Bar – I use my indoor doorway bar when I didn’t get all my reps in on my portable chin-up bar in the garage.  It has held up surprisingly well over the past few years, and my only complaint is that it can wear out the door threshold a bit if you’re not careful.  Otherwise, it works great for chin-ups and pull-up variations.  Mine is made by Gold’s Gym, and honestly you can get it a lot cheaper by visiting Wal-Mart than by buying it offline.

Water Bottle – In my opinion, purchasing a stainless steel water bottle to carry your water in is the best way to get in all of your daily water requirement.  For one, you can avoid having to buy bottles all of the time (which helps conserve the earth’s resources, which is always good).  You just have to get something like a Brita pitcher (my wife and I have one) to keep the bottle filled up.  Second of all, you can carry it with you, so it reminds you to keep on drinking.  Thirdly, they’re quite durable.  They can get banged up, but it’s hard to put a whole in them.  My wife has me on these Klean Kanteen bottles.  At 27 ounces, I can fill mine up a little over 3 times and have all of my water in for the day.

Blood Pressure Monitor – A few years ago, I bought my own blood pressure monitor so that I could occasionally take readings at home.  My blood pressure had been reading high at the doctor’s office, but I knew that I didn’t have high blood pressure.  I was experiencing something referred to as “White Coat Hypertension (the doctor’s white coat…get it?).”  Anyway, my monitor is made by Microlife and is a manual one (where you squeeze the bulb to tighten the sleeve) and has worked well for me for several years.  This one is also made by Microlife, but it is automatic.  I could not find my model so I wanted to refer this one to you to give you a good idea of what I’m working with.

This Week’s Goals

Here are my goals for this new week

Goal #1:  Perform 200 Chin-ups and Dips each day.  Don’t plan to change until I get this for both exercises for at least three times.

Goal #2:  Drink 8 8oz cups of water each day.  I’ve been doing pretty well with this.

Goal #3:  Practice Deep Breathing for at least 10 minutes a day.

Goal #4:  Stretch well every night.


I hope you’re motivated by following my very real journey to doing 1000 chin-ups and dips every day.  As you see, I succeed in reaching my weekly quotas sometimes, and sometimes I fail.  The hope is that with time, I succeed more than I fail, and see, that’s the way life is.  I encourage you to follow me as I do this thing, and If you’re not already a subscriber to this site and desire to be one, you can subscribe here.

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