The faithful reader will recall that the last time I visited Legs & Back, on Day 69, I achieved what for me was a very significant milestone: I reached 101, cumulative, unassisted pull ups in the routine. So I looked at these week 11 results as I was preparing to begin yesterday’s effort. And I contemplated what lay ahead if I were to continue to advance. It’s funny, at the beginning of the Legs & Back video, Tony Horton says to not get all “jacked up” about the numbers. Yet there I was, completely focused on the math. Week 11’s 101 pull ups meant I averaged exactly 12.625 in each round. But performance varied depending on type of pull up with more on “reverse grips” and less on “wide front.” So, knowing wide front pull ups are my weak area, I knew any hope for further gains this round rested with the other three types of pull ups. With a full understanding of what lay ahead, I hit “play.”
Once again, I kept the weights on all the leg work the same because my focus was pull ups. Plus, I had just climbed up Blood Mountain yesterday, so the legs needed no special attention. The results were completely satisfying. I proved to myself that my crossing the 100 pull up threshold wasn’t a fluke, because I increased cumulative, unassisted pull ups to 114. I experienced gains in three of the four types of pull ups, and matched my results from week 11 on the “wide front” type.
So as I enter my final recovery week for this hybrid, I’m very satisfied with the continued progress. Just as in my first round of P90X, when I couldn’t do any pull ups and couldn’t imagine the gains I realized, I entered this second round from a good starting point but didn’t dare think I could achieve 100 pull ups. Yet I did. That’s compelling. The results I have achieved from sticking with it day in and day out has taken me beyond what I thought possible. The body takes you where the mind dare not go.