20 and 50 mutually exclusive

IMG_7385[1]Right now a challenging one set rep count for pull ups for me is 20 reps.  For push ups that same number is around 50 reps.  In many workouts I will start off with either 20 pull ups or 50 push ups.  They are typically mutually exclusive, I don’t put 1RM sets of both movements together normally but today I decided to try it.

I started with the 20 pull ups which was consecutive reps until about 16 followed by four dead hangers.  After a couple minute breather I was down on the floor pushing towards 50 chest to floor reps.  The last 10 reps were especially painful requiring a brief pause after every couple reps.  I got there albeit huffing and puffing along the way.  It felt good to be able to pull that off although doing the same trick with little to no rest in between is where you separate the boys from the men.  I don’t think I would be able to reverse the order (push ups first) and pull this off.

My entire workout was imply alternating between sets of pull ups and push ups.  The goal was to work my upper body without aggravating my left shoulder with the hope to getting back to bench press next week.

Today’s Workout

5 minutes cardio/stretching

20 pull ups

50 push ups

10 pull ups

25 push ups

10 pull ups

25 push ups

10 pull ups

25 push ups

10 pull ups

25 push ups

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