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Wood Watches For Men

Beautiful and stunning… those are the words that popped into my head when I opened the box. Truly breathtaking, and honestly I usually don’t get this excited over something unless it’s some running or fitness gadget. But Jord took my breath away with their wooden watches. .

If you’ve never heard of Jord before, they are known for their 100% natural, hand-finished authentic wood watches. Jord watches come in various styles and colors. From battery to hand wound, there is truly something for everyone. And if you are looking for an awesome way to present and store your watch, Jord does that too. Can you imagine giving this to someone as a gift?

The presentation alone in my opinion is a gift. But the beautiful watch inside will definitely bring smiles.

(And if you are l…

How I'm Learning To Do A Pull-up

Back in the fall, I got a pull-up bar from Target. I've wanted to do a pull-up forever, and I was a little intimidated trying at the gym.

So, one day when Lil Man and I were out shopping, I decided to pick one up so I could start working on pull-ups at home. I had NOOOOOOOO idea they would be so hard to do ha.

So I put the bar up, got a stool for support and tried to do one. Not only could I not even pull myself up, I couldn't even hold myself up. I mean... not even for a second.

So I started out with my foot on the top of the stool/chair and used it for support. Then I started working on doing a hang where basically you start at the top and try to hold yourself. Like I said, when I stared I couldn't even hold myself.

This was me in September after a couple of weeks of working on just holding myself up.

I was finally starting to get a little stronger. Then I was able to pull myself up from the very top of the stool, then the top step. 

I've worked up to where I can pull up (with a little shove) from the bottom of the stool. 

(This was in November). 

I admit that I slacked off on working on this as life got in the way. But I would really like to do at least 1 full pull-up by my birthday in March. 

Currently I am stronger than in November, and I can hang longer. But I still can't get myself up unless I'm standing on the bottom of the stool, and I allow myself a little shove.

But I am working on slow and controlled, and I'm working on building up those muscles. And, I'm going to start using the assisted dip/pull-up machine at the gym. Although it's intimidating for me (I'm afraid that I'm going to fall), I know that I can build some strength that way.

In addition to working on actual pull-ups, I plan to make sure that I'm incorporating some back exercises such as lat pulldowns, one arm dumbbell row and seated cable row to name a few. 

And although I might not be there yet, I definitely see progress! 

So, tell me, can you do a pull-up? Or is this an area you are working on? If so, do you have some tips you'd like to pass along? 

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  1. Hi Amy, loved reading this and I'll show my wife who has been going through the exact same challenge. For her, she has started crossfit where pull-up strength is a necessity to be able to do a lot of the exercises.

    I think this video was very helpful, you should check it out. http://www.americanninjawarriornation.com/2016/8/19/12556822/american-ninja-warrior-jessie-graff-pull-ups-for-beginners

    Jump to 1:55 if you don't want to watch the whole video.

    Cheers, Jay


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