Alex's Alliterative Adventures

Thoughts on Programming, Life, and Travel

My home gym

My roommate installed a chinup bar in the hall. It challenges me every time I leave my room, begging for one quick pull. When I shower, when I get home, when I brush my teeth…

When I pass under the gauntlet, I’m usually in a rush, or I’m dead tired, or I’m just particularly fascinated by yet another hole in my dwindling supply of socks. But it catches my eye once a day or so, and I become locked in gravitational combat with my unyielding foe. He drops me to the ground, a lifeless husk, my arms reinforcing the stereotypically geeky physique I so rightly deserve.

But I’m gaining ground. A month ago I was shaking after one pull. Yesterday I did 10 after showering and 5 more with a backpack before heading downstairs for breakfast. I’m still not in shape, but it’s a great way to regain the strength that parkour demands.

When my roomie and I eventually part ways, I gotta get me one of these:

Chinup bar

4 Comments so far

  1. kats March 18th, 2009 2:52 pm

    I got one of those recently too. Except mine is torso-height so I can also practice muscle-ups on it. 🙂

  2. Alex March 18th, 2009 4:13 pm

    How do you do pullups/chinups on it, then? Do you start from kneeling?

  3. kats March 20th, 2009 3:11 pm

    It’s just high enough that if I sit on the ground with my legs straight out in front I have to reach all the way up to grab it. So I do L-sits. The downside is that because of the height I have to put it in an out-of-the-way doorway or I would keep walking into it, and that means I don’t use it as often.

  4. Alex March 25th, 2009 12:16 am

    Hmm, sounds cool. I now need a second pullup bar 😉

    An inconvenient location sounds like a passive barrier to me…

Leave a reply