I hate you. My body thanks you. One day I will be able to do three sets of ten wide grip pull ups. One day soon. Beast > Roc. For now. That is all.
Bulk Back, as devastating as any of the other workouts I had done in the Bulk phase of the Bodybeast program. We all have strengths and weaknesses, parts of our body that require more focus and attention than others. For me, I had always had strong legs. They looked good. They felt good. My back and my arms were the trouble areas and I always pushed myself harder when exercising those parts.
Standing heavy bent over rows followed immediately by ten wide grip pull ups. Brutal. Beastly even. Third set in, I’m drenched in sweat, breathing heavily, back quivering as I drop the weights and head for the last set of pull ups. The Beast gives no mercy, no rest. I jump up and grab the overhead bar wide, taking two quick breaths, focusing on my form – chest up, drive the elbows down and back. This wasn’t about arms or shoulders, though they would be engaged as a secondary muscle group. This was about getting a huge back, and quick.
Three repetitions into the set, I pulled up for all I was worth, gritting my teeth, exhaling forcefully, my mind set to conquer my body’s protests. A sledgehammer hit me between the shoulder blades as my muscles knotted into a tight, dense, excruciatingly painful ball. I dropped from the bar like a sack of potatoes, screaming in agony. I laid on the floor, tears streaming from my face, contorted in an unnatural position. The regulars at the gym first just looked at me as they always did, “There’s that crazy guy again.” It took an eternity before someone clued in that something had gone terribly wrong for me.
Rob came running over, knowing I wasn’t ok. He helped me to my feet and for the next half hour I proceeded to stretch out my back something fierce. Rob didn’t leave my side. I was truly grateful.
Needless to say, I didn’t finish the workout. Fail.
After an exquisite hot shower, I slowly dressed and headed back to my quarters. The first thing I did was find a heated massage unit and applied it to my back. It’s going to be tender for a while and I will have to be careful with it.
We all have our limitations and while we should never allow them to dictate our successes, we should be mindful of their reality.