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Episode 51. Fitness Friday with Joe

Joe’s Video Appeal!

Why sit around and wait to train when training opportunities are all around you? 

Pavel would call this an opportunity to grease the groove. Phil Sabatini with East Coast Gold would call it raising the minimums. I’d say it’s a call to FIND FITNESS. 

It’s your duty as a human to honor the effort of your genetic forebears to battle the sedentary plague sweeping the west. We didn’t become the most dominant species on the planet lying around. Somewhere in your lineage is a badass who sprinted, jumped, climbed, threw and fought so you could enjoy the comforts of modern day living.  

To honor that effort why not take advantage of the fitness opportunities all around you? This idea started for me in late August while dropping my kiddos off at school. For days I walked under this gate without giving it a look. Then one morning I ran out of time training and had to ax my pull ups from the session. For whatever reason I noticed the bar at drop off walking the kiddos to class and hit a set of pull ups. On the way back to the car I hit another set. I repeated the effort in the afternoon and the next day. 

Other parents started noticing and would smile. I started challenging kids and parents to join me. Some did. Most didn’t, but either case only fueled me to continue. At 3 pull ups each time I passed the gate I was getting 12 a day. At 180 days I would hit 2,160 bonus pull ups over the school year! 

That’s a nice bonus. Who wouldn’t like an extra 2G’s of anything?    

More fuel was added to the fire. I have since started hitting sets of 3-12 pull ups at the kid’s school as I pick them up and drop them off. I now, also, do chin ups at the school I teach whenever I get the chance. On good days I get well over 50 bonus pull ups in a day. On bad days I always get my 12! 

I have been at this pretty hard and have noticed the impacts in some unexpected places. The constant pain in my shoulder and elbow from trying to master the kip and butterfly have vanished. Deadlift numbers are on the rise as my upper back can maintain shape as I break bigger loads from the floor. Best of all, Wifey Pooh gives me the wink, nod, and that great “lat” slap only the most narcissistic of the male species can truly appreciate.

The bottom lines are that in terms of form, function, and appearance things have taken a turn for the better, and I wasn’t doing so bad before.

You can do the same. 

So, who’s coming with me! 

I know pulls ups are a toughie for folks but why would we start FINDING FITNESS with something easy. If you have a pull up do them. If you don’t have a pull up, jump up and hold your head high. Heck, simply hang for a manageable amount of time and let gravity strengthen your grip and loosen up your shoulders. Listen, you’re a smart girl, find a bar and smash some body weight rows. 

You owe it to way more than yourself to do what you can, when you can, however you can. Get out there and FIND FITNESS where you least expect it!    

Check out the links below for some Pull Up Inspiration and get after it!

Strict Pull Up Tips

Pull Ups for Tempo

Body Rows

Hanging Round

L Hangs

Chin Hangs

Hanging Transitions

Behind the Head Pull Ups

About the author, Joe

Joe is a CSCS, hold an MA in Education, and is a full time teachers and coach. When he isn't training or hunting he is spending time with his wife Eliza and their three children. Learn more at www.joesbarbell.com

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