I got my strict pull-up today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Proof: Yeah… I was really surprised. And Pippa was proud!!!
In case you didn’t like that one, here is my second, a bit stricter.
No way!! I can’t believe it!! I never expected this to happen today! It’s only been 36 days since I declared my goal to do a strict pull-up. I had 391 recorded pull-ups that I practiced on my pull-ups page. I seriously didn’t think I was even close!!! My super optimistic goal was to get a strict pull-up by my birthday (September 10) — my back-up goal was to get one by the end 2013. Crushed it!!!!!! :)
Here’s how it happened. This week, I pr’ed twice on my assisted pull-ups….. all the way up to an incredible 5 & 6!!! Haha. But I was like… I wonder if I could do one with a lighter band. So I ordered this one that says it assists 2-15lbs. Whatever that means. It came today (thank you, Amazon Prime) so I had to give it a try before we went to CrossFit. So I did. And I could do one with it… it just didn’t feel like it was helping me at all!! So I was like… let me try one without it. I figured there was NO WAY I could do it, but I made Kevin come outside just in case. In fact I told him that I was going to make him videotape every time I tried a pull-up from then on just in case….. and boom!!! I GOT IT!!!!!! After that, I did one more, and several tonight at our box — it was part of the warm-up. Holla!!!!
By the way, when I started CrossFit at the end of March, I could BARELY hang from the bar. I found it really painful. Working diligently on pull-ups at home has really improved my grip (okay, and my callouses) so the burning has mostly gone away. I’m sure it’ll be back sometime since I still really struggle with knees to elbows & toes to bars.
Tonight’s WOD was a 20-minute AMRAP of the following:
- 400m run
- 10 pull-ups
- 20 push-ups
- 10 box jumps
I was feeling great after getting those first two pull-ups and finished up 5 full rounds + 1 run!!!!!! The pull-ups I did jumping from only 3 plates.
A little cherry dipped cone from DQ to CELEBRATE!!!!!
Up next —– Kipping pull-ups. (Related article: Which came first? The strict or the kip?) 5 strict pull-ups. Handstand push-ups. More unbroken double unders! I will knock them off one at a time. As Shalane would say: cold execution!
My advice to those of you still practicing??? Get some resistance bands. Practice every day. I would make up mini bodyweight wods, go for as many unbroken as possible, or set a goal for the day. Anything to keep myself practicing. And I plan to continue to practice them daily now that I have them. Hooray!!!!
Thanks for letting me celebrate — Kevin said I looked almost as happy as I did walking down the aisle on our wedding day. Haha.
What goal have you accomplished lately/are you still working on? Go get it!!!