So, for the past year or so I have been active (walking over 5 miles a day/biking 10 miles a day, yoga, etc.) And i've pretty much have always looked like the following picture( although in this picture which was taken a year ago I had definitely been more active than I have my whole life (not doing much strength building though).
Now for the past 6 months, I have been training in Capoeira again (about 4 hours a week), I bike for commuting purposes (sometimes 16 miles a day), I do gymnastics about one day a week, 2-3 yoga classes/week, the gym once or twice a week. The main goal that I am trying to achieve is upper body strength because I have never had any! I am still working on my chin-ups (I can do them if i jump up and come 3/4th's the way down, but I haven't been able to do it from complete hanging. I have been working with an assisted pull-up machine as well as with my boyfriend who helps me, and i have made MAJOR improvement over the past 2 months. I say within a month I will be doing them on my own.. YAY! I also do a lot of push ups.. 4 months ago I could only do about 5 at a time.. for about 4 sets. Now I do 10 sets of 10 but have decided that instead of upping my number, I am focusing on coming all the way to the ground and touching, and then pressing back up. Now I am back to only doing about 4 again.. ha but that is okay.
I'm pretty happy with the strength I've achieved in my upper body thus far, considering it is the strongest I have ever been! While many of my goals are around actually being physically strong, I still want "the body" that I have always wanted. I basically wish my muscles looked like they did when I was flexing, all the time! Maybe this isn't practical, but I want people to see that I have muscle tone without me having to whip out my guns! I'll update with more pictures in the upcoming months!
AS OF JANUARY 3rd, 2010: