My Journey to 1000 Chin-ups and 1000 Dips Per Day – #8

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What’s up guys, and welcome to my 8th post on my journey to doing 1000 chin-ups and dips every day.  When I first started this journey, I was aiming for 100 per day, and now I’m up to 175.  Granted, I have to take a couple of rest days each week because my body asks me for the rest, but hey, I’m getting there.

Speaking of chin-ups and dips, after a subscriber e-mailed me asking what chin-ups and dips are, I realized…

I wrongfully assumed that everyone already knows what chin-ups and dips are.  My bad!

In a nutshell, chin-ups and dips are body weight exercises that are absolutely excellent for building upper body strength.  Chin-ups develop your back, biceps and posterior shoulder muscles, while dips develop your chest, triceps and anterior (front) shoulder muscles.  My opinion is that, if you can do these, you don’t really need any other weighted exercise.  If you can’t do these, don’t worry though…there are variations that you can do that will help you build the strength.

Watch this video where I explain chin-ups further, and demonstrate what REAL chin-ups are…

and watch this video (COMING SOON) where I talk more about dips and the proper way to execute them.


Last Week’s Goals

Here’s what I aimed to do last week…

Goal #1:  Perform 175 Chin-ups and Dips each day, with three rest days (Sunday, Wednesday and Saturday).  I still intend to do them everyday, but my body isn’t ready for it yet.

Goal #2:  Drink 11 8oz cups of water each day.

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

Goal #4:  Stretch well every night.

I got two good days of 175 reps of dips and chin-ups, and had a partial day due to lack of time, and more importantly, I and my wife had to chill and talk for a bit.  Exercise has to take a back seat to good ole husband and wife conversation.

I have admittedly been slipping for real with the stretching, the deep breathing and the water drinking as you will see below.

To add, you might notice that I successfully gained another 1.8 lbs since last week!  I have been on a quest to gain weight – mostly muscle – during this bodybuilding.com challenge, and it has required me to eat much more food.  While every now and then I have admittedly had some food that isn’t the healthiest, I have mostly increased my calories by eating 6-7 meals a day, and making those extra meals consist of stuff like bananas and peanut butter, homemade smoothies with avocado, and roasted white potatoes.  It’s working ;).

What I Did Last Week

So here are my specific numbers for each day of last week, as well as notes on my reflections and feelings.

Saturday (1/16)

Chin-ups:  REST

Dips:  REST

Water:  3 cups

Weight:  176.8 lbs

BF%:  –

Deep Breathing for 10 mins?  No

BP (Blood Pressure):  –

Stretching:  No

Notes:  I did leg work with my wife…very good.  I will share in the future what we did.


Sunday (1/17)

Chin-ups:  REST

Dips:  REST

Water:  3 cups

Deep Breathing for 10 mins?  No

Stretching:  No

Notes:


Monday (1/18)

Chin-ups:  175

Dips:  175

Water:  6 cups

Deep Breathing for 10 mins?  No

Stretching:  No

Notes:


Tuesday (1/19)

Chin-ups:  130

Dips:  30

Water:  5 cups

Deep Breathing for 10 mins? No

Stretching:  No

Notes: 


Wednesday (1/20)

Chin-ups:  REST

Dips:  REST

Water:  6 cups

Deep Breathing for 10 mins?  Yes

Stretching:  No

Notes:  I did several sets of “Pause” Squats for my legs.


Thursday (1/21)

Chin-ups:  175

Dips:  175

Water:  6 cups

Deep Breathing for 10 mins?  Yes

Stretching:  No

Notes:  Man, I got it in and didn’t finish until after 9!  This felt good to me since I have to get up at 3:45 in the morning to go to my day job.


Friday (1/22)

Chin-ups:  53

Dips:  REST

Water:  7 cups

Deep Breathing for 10 mins?  No

Stretching:  Yes

Notes: 


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.  This would have me one-fifth of the way to my ultimate goal of 1000 per day.  Still am not doing them quite every day as I said before because I get really, really sore and have to listen to my body’s command to rest.

Goal #2:  Drink 11 8oz cups of water each day.

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

Goal #4:  Stretch well every night.  No excuses.

A note on why I practice deep breathing…I believe that deep breathing is extremely helpful for relaxing in general, and for high blood pressure.  At some point in my life, I found myself getting anxious relatively easily, which I attribute to a particularly anxious time in my life.  Pretty much anything would cause my body to overreact, with my breathing becoming shallow and my heart beating faster.  I also noticed that my blood pressure would read high sometimes (I would even get nervous just from taking my blood pressure out of concern that it would read high…which would cause it to indeed read high…talk about self sabotage).  Now, while I don’t have high blood pressure per se, I know that having higher readings sometimes is still not good, so I am using deep breathing to help me learn to take it easy again.


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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