M2M Day 287: A major jump forward

This post is part of Month to Master, a 12-month accelerated learning project. For August, my goal is to complete one continuous set of 40 pull-ups.

Today, I went over to a friend’s apartment to train.

Before strapping on the 20lb vest for weighted pull-ups, I did one set for maximum reps, and was able to eke out 28.5 pull-ups (although the last few were a bit sketchy).

Still, this is a significant increase from my 23 pull-ups just a couple days ago, which I think is the result of 1. The straight bar (versus the two slanted grips in my apartment’s gym), 2. Better form, and 3. A more recovered body.

(Oh, and I also got a haircut today, so I’m a bit lighter and more aerodynamic, or something like that…)

The rest of the workout consisted of weighted pull-ups, chest press (to balance things out), and core (to keep things tight and strong).

Hopefully, this pace of progress continues and I can break 30 pull-ups in the next few days.

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Max Deutsch is a product manager at Intuit, the creator of Somebody.io and Rightspeed, and the guinea pig for Month to Master.

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