Last night when I got home I decided to give the Bar-baric mode of this month’s BB challenge a shot which is maximum muscle ups in a 5 minute time period.

I used a pretty unconventional strategy in the challenge, relying primarily on single reps started off the ground.  My thought was I typically am able to do better reps starting low than high which goes against normal MU practice. Well my strategy didn’t seem to work out all that well.  I scratched out 13 reps were I wound up on top of the bar.  There were probably 5 or 6 failed reps in there as well.

I wasn’t very pleased with the end result but it is what it is.  I’d like to try it again before the end of the month to see if I can do better.

After I was done with the challenge I screwed around some more on my high bar working on various holds like a clutch flag and shoulder flag.  I also climbed the pole using arms only and finished with a static one handed chin grip hold 11 feet up in the air.

If you watch the video there are some funny moments, the funniest of all is how I always forget exactly how to place my arms to do the clutch flag.  I tried about a dozen combinations until I finally figured it out.  My trying to do a shoulder flag is kind of funny too.  I have a hell of a time trying to hold that one.

Later in the evening I wanted to make my Tivo viewing time more productive so I dropped Lou’s parallelettes in front of the TV.  I tried to work handstands (didn’t go well) and L sit to planche transitions.  My session ended when I was trying to go from a frog stand into a hand stand.  As my weight shifted forward I got a sharp burn in my left abs which made me collapse towards the floor.  That ended my body weight work for the day.

I don’t feel any pain in that area today but I am worried the next time I do ab/core work I could feel it.

I think I am going to try to make Lou’s parallelettes even more awesome.  I am going to take one of them apart and bring it along to Lowe’s.  I am looking for some mounting hardware that will make them even more solid.  If I do find what I am looking for I will fully document the upgrade process.