We recently decided to expand from just belts to all things waist related - i.e. your actual waist. The link between exercising and belts was all too clear to us and it seemed relevant to you. Exercising is also a hobby of BeltCraft co-founder, Charlie. So without further ado, here is the series premiere of Trim Your Waist Wednesdays, as presented by Charlie himself.
I couldn't start off Trim Your Waist Wednesdays with something obvious like jogging or crunches (although I do have routines for these activities). I really wanted to start with something that you might not already do. Something simple enough to understand since I don't have any pictures or diagrams. Something that I do regularly. And something super beneficial. The answer was obvious: Pull-Ups.
First off, chin-ups are not pull-ups. Chin-ups have your palms facing toward you and pull-ups have your palms facing away. We are going to concentrate on pull-ups. Obviously you are all going to be starting this exercise from different fitness levels, so feel free to adjust, but here is how I do it:
My exercise has always been the same. Complete 25 pull-ups and 40 dips. I get up on the pull-up bar and do them until I can't possibly lift myself up again. Then I immediately start doing dips and do as many of those as I can. (Many people refer to this as a superset). After the superset I go about my other exercises and come back to the pull-up bar when I am feeling a bit rested. I do as many sets as it takes to complete 25 pull-ups and 40 dips in total.
When I first began it took me 3 sets. 10 pull-ups, 8 pull-ups and then 7 pull-ups (dips were a fair amount easier). I am now down to 2 sets (20 pull-ups and then 5 pull-ups). My goal has always been to do 25 pull-ups in a row. Having a tough yet achievable goal is really the key to get yourself to stick with the exercise. Trust me, pull-ups are no fun without a goal. I should be able to achieve 25 pull-ups within 6 months of starting pull-ups.
How are pull-ups related to your waist you ask? Well good question, I guess its not focused on the waist. But pull-ups are truly a full body workout. Concentrate on engaging your core - don't swing your legs or kick like a dolphin. You will find that it truly requires a rock solid core to keep your body stable and finish 25 pull-ups. Your core will certainly get stronger and you will start pushing yourself in other core exercises - or your pull-ups will remain pretty difficult. Think of 25 pull-ups as a goal to inspire your full body workout. Pull-ups are a gamechanger. Get involved.
Until next week,