Survival Negative Chin-Up Challenge Compilation!

by Marianne  - February 1, 2012

Hi everyone,

Training-wise this week I am taking it easy, especially on my poor grip. I worked it so much last week on weighted chin-ups, heavy deadlifts and KB swings, that I appear to be in a little pain ๐Ÿ™ (pity party).ย However, I was not about to pass up a challenge. If you haven’t been following, this is week 2 of a series of challenges.ย Personally, I just love this idea of weekly/monthly/yearly challenges so much, because there is such a huge online community right now and it’s great fun to see how everyone else does. Plus it can keep you on track with fitness goals.

So, here is my entry for this week’s “Negative” Chin-Up Challenge LOL! As you can see, I flopped on the Eccentric part as my grip went all out on the Isometric portion. But, with a time of 1 min 09 seconds, I’ll stop complaining!!

I beat Bret by 3 seconds!! But then he DID tear his Bicep Tendon last year so this is an impressive time, AND he managed to do a better Eccentric Chin-Up than me! *cough! 3 seconds!* ๐Ÿ˜‰

Next, Ben Bruno shows off by adding 40lbs to the Challenge – Why didn’t I think of that Damnit!! Great job Ben ๐Ÿ™‚

Now for some humorous entries.

Laine manages to hold on for 1 minute while reciting poetry and giggling A LOT, which happens to be very infectious! Try and watch this and NOT laugh with/at her ๐Ÿ˜€

For me, the funniest so far, Jiame enters with a BANG if you scroll forward to 0:30 on the video – hehe, woopsie! “What you can’t hold in your hand …” the saying goes ๐Ÿ˜‰

Hope you will consider giving this challenge a try this week. Even if you miss the deadline for Survival of the Fittest, you can still let me know your time.

This coming Friday, I have got special filming permission for the gym I go to so I can record myself and PT Andrew Firth complete Bret Contreras’s “The Sexy Challenge”. If you get a chance, you should pop over to the comment list and check out some of the videos so far! For the ladies, Jen Sinkler and Kellie Davis have done really well ๐Ÿ˜€ Great job girls! And check out “ddn” (not sure of his full name) who got an impressive 131 total and he does 61 RDLs – crazy!

Out of all “The Sexy Challenge” videos so far, this next one has to be the funniest!


I’ll post my result on Friday, wish me luck!



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  1. I know this is now over but tried this yesterday after a workout. managed 59 seconds! Not too bad considering I haven’t been working on my strength for ages but gives me room for improvement…

    Well done with your time!

  2. Hi Marianne,
    Thanks for your reply, unfortunately I have checked everywhere possible for your reply on my fasting question, but I cannot seem to find it. I would be glad if you could answer it on here or could you give me the link to where you answered the question. Keep up the good work!

    1. I hope that you have kept track of this location LOL! Here is my previous answer:

      “What I mean by Fasting is Intermittent Fasting (IF). Instead of the usual 6 small meals a day in 3-4 hour intervals, I eat all my calories during a feeding window of time (about 1pm-9pm), then I fast the rest of the time and try to do my training in that fasted state. There are many benefits to IF, but the main one for me is that itโ€™s so flexible and I donโ€™t need to be as strict about what I eat. Plus I get to eat LARGE meals, instead tiny ones, which keeps me happy!

      Nia Shanks does a great job of explaining about 3 IF methods .

      Hope this helps “.

  3. 1min 3 secs woop woop, way better than i thought! Got the giggles half way through tho’ which made my grip go proper limp!!!

  4. Hi Marianne,
    I am really inspired by your story and how strong you are to overcome it. You have made me realize no matter what you are going through in life, you can still be whoever and whatever you aspire to be. I have only just come across your blog yesterday but I have learned alot from you already, the exercise, and the recipes. I am a big fan of kettle bell and I have only just started it a month ago and it seems I am addicted to it already. You also talked about fasting, could you throw more light to how you fast for 2 days a week or so. You are fantastic, you look great and keep it up. Wel done. ๎–
    Cheers Salmat

    1. Salmat, did you get my other reply to your fasting question? It was on another post I think.

      Thank you for leaving your feedback. I hope your addiction continues ๐Ÿ˜‰

  5. I made it to 55 sec. Not impressed. I will be trying it again this week…along with the Sexy Challenge ๐Ÿ™‚ Keep’em coming.

    1. Penny, that is a good time! You are hard on yourself, like I am on myself. It’s all about improvement ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be interested to see how the Back Squat goes this week. It’s a real pity you don’t have racks for your barbell ๐Ÿ™

  6. I think I can manage this one. and as I have been mentioning the chin up pull up thing is one of my most difficult to achieve things, so this challenge comes at the right time to encourage me to get better at this exercise.
    I’ll come back with my score. I am planning on doing well with this one.
    I am really enjoying these challenges. I think I need to get a video camera to film myself and post links on the forum. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Good to hear you are feeling positive about this. It will give you a good boost to work on these, because in two weeks time they have a chin-up max challenge. I am hoping to get to my 10th rep that day ๐Ÿ™‚ Let’s all work on these challenges together.

      Even if you can’t squat your body weight or deadlift twice bodyweight (I am still working on the later), we can STILL do the challenge with a lighter weight. By seeing others’ results, it will give us something to strive for, or something to be grateful for.

      Let us know how you did Mickela – good luck! ๐Ÿ˜€ x

      1. Oooh – another good one for when in labour (although also watching out for the follow through then as well) – sorry, tmi!

  7. 1.24 – Get in! My grip was bad on my right hand for some reason and my arms were screaming at me just after a minute. The eccentric part was really just me trying to cling on for dear life! LOL ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. NICE ONE! Yeah, that eccentric part was hell! My fingers were really cold too, from being outside. So I was screwed! That was a great time! You should post it on the SOTF page ๐Ÿ™‚

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