The Rack

In my continuing quest to find my abdominal muscles again, I have purchased my largest and most painful workout toy yet...
Lovingly named "the Rack," it is actually a Torque Pull-Up System, made by Torque Athletic, and the rings are Xtreme Rings, from Gymnastic Bodies. We use it for pull-ups, dips, ring push-ups, body rows, and my personal favorite, hanging leg raises. So far, just about everyone hates it with a passion - which undoubtedly means it is working well.

We are all at different levels; some of our workout crowd can't even begin to do a single pull-up, while some of us can knock out half a dozen with ease. The nice thing about this set up is that we can cater the difficulty of the exercise to the individual's current strength level. For example, I am pretty far from being able to do unaided pull-ups so I'm doing a lot of body rows, while Miss N. is very close to doing a full pull-up, so she is doing sets of slow negatives, using just a little assistance on the "up" portion of the exercise.

I am incorporating body weight exercises - especially the leg raises - into my routine because I want to look like the gentleman to the right. Of course, my stomach will be much more fuzzy, since I could only achieve that level of depilatory purity by way of 20mg of Valium, a tub full of molten wax, and a staff of 3 very determined stylists... but in theory, this is what I want my stomach to look like.

The leg raises and all of the plank type exercises (push-ups, body rows, etc.) are definitely working my abs. After the first full workout with the Rack, I felt like I'd been kicked in the stomach by all of the Budweiser Wagon team. I simply could not sit up at all; getting out of bed involved rolling over to my stomach and then doing a push-up, to avoid any movements that even vaguely resembled bending at the waist. Yes, this is an excellent new toy...

7 comments:

Teh Dr. said...

I like the rack, but 450 is a little steep for my pocket book. I think I'll look into building one of my own and see what the price tag would be.

I've gotta try stuff with rings though. Just looking at those things makes me want to play with them.

His Sinfulness said...

You will, no doubt, build something cheaper and cooler I'm sure. I decided to take this plunge because I am
1) lazy
2) not crafty like you
3) big as a house - I need something industrial grade so my big ass doesn't break it and kill myself or bystanders...

The next time you are over this way, feel free to drop by and try out the rings. :)

fleur said...

Yummy abdomen - I am in favor of such abdomens in my vicinity!

Somewhat less in favor of activities I will be participating in to achieve my own yummy abdomen...
=(

verification word: flogr
irony, i think so...

Mayren said...

crazy workout flock hall. (needs some of that crazy here)

His Sinfulness said...

Luckily, workout crazy is cheap, Mayren. :)

Raksha said...

Oh, honey. We know you. We understand you. And we love you anyway. If you want to buy sex furniture, you don't need to come up with elaborate scenarios to justify it to us!

His Sinfulness said...

The gravity boots and fuzzy handcuffs are on back order...

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