How long have I been trying to get a pull-up? I mean, obviously since Day 1, but I’ve been actively staying late 2-3x every week and making Brandon do partner-assist pull-ups with me, or working on my kip, or doing sets of banded pull-ups, or Tabata sets of holding my chin at the bar, or jumping from a box to get my chin over the bar then slowly lowering myself, or any number of other things I was convinced would help me do a pull-up for at least 6 weeks now. And I have been super, ridiculously frustrated about it. I feel like if I worked on just about anything else with that much determination, I would be leaps and bounds ahead of where I started by now… but I still was only able to get up to the bar with my lips instead of my chin. So close, yet so far.
And then last night, as I was working on my kip (which usually just looks like I am flopping back and forth on the bar), Brandon came running over and said, “That was it! You just did a pull-up!”
“I don’t feel like I did anything different,” I said. “I don’t think that was it.” So I tried again. And sure enough, I did not one, but TWO kipping pull-ups!
I tried again this morning to get video evidence, but my shoulders were not as excited about giving it another go as I was. So for now you will just have to take my word for it. Ladies and gentlemen, I can do a (kipping) pull-up!
And now I would like to know: What have YOU done this week that surprised you?