I really want to do pullups. More than one at a time. It’s one of those fitness goals that seems less than achieving maximum human potential. I mean, it’s not a marathon, or Ironman, or whatever else people do to stave off the flabby hands of fate. Just grabbing the bar, and pulling up. More than once.
To me it’s like the holy grail of fitness, multiple pullups. I’ve been after it for a while, if by “after it” I mean I do them whenever they come up in a workout. Last year I went and bought one of those over the door things, thinking I had it solved. Then it arrived and I realized that the height of my door moulding was too high for the thing. I had measured the width and depth, fine. But the height never occurred to me.
Cut to six months later, and I purchased a ceiling mounted bar. I waffled for a long time on whether I could attach it to 2×4’s in my garage and finally came up with the genius idea of attaching it to blocks above the rafters and thus spreading the load across four of them, rather than one or two.
My genius idea was to get a 4x4x8 beam, put it across the rafters above them, and bolt in the bar below. Turns out, though, that a 4×4″ beam is really about 3.5×3.5″. Surprise. Maybe I should have known that. It didn’t fit.
I scrounged around the garage for more 2×4’s, thinking I could finally take advantage of all the random construction and home improvement leftovers that I save, “just in case.” I’d lay these flat above the rafters and it’d work fine. That didn’t work either, not enough space.
Then my daughter the five-year-old genius said, “just set them upways.” Brilliant. So I set up four 2×4 lengths on edge and put the bolts in there. Then I put a third 2×4 length in the middle to provide some extra stability, and screwed them together.
Now the bar is braced across four rafters, and bolted into four boards. It is physically impossible for it to fall off the rafters, and if a bolt fails, three more will stay. It’s a pretty strong, redundant system, I think. Maybe I’m overthinking it, but whatever. It works and I’ve eliminated my anxiety about it collapsing on me.
Marine fitness qualifiers minimums are 45 situps in two minutes, and run three miles in less than 30. I can do both of those things.)
Today I did two in a row. Woop. Figure end of summer for 20.
I also got new shoes and head back to Fitwit in the morning. My foot still hurts, but I’ve gotta go back sometime. Comeback, part infinity, begins.