Suddenly, a Pull-Up

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?

  • Bruno

    I built a round shield this week and now I’m making a lamellar set of armor. I’m just as surprised as anyone reading this.

    • clairechapman

      That is pretty ridiculous.

  • Kelsi

    Way to go! That’s fantastic! I hope to someday do a single pull-up. Recently I took a yoga class and one of the poses required me to kneel. I have not knelt since before my accident, but I had my flexibility back, so I thought I’d try it. While I was SO SO sure the pressure was going to be agonizing for my knee, it really didn’t hurt at all. A little pressure, but that was it. I was kneeling! I’m also 5 days into the Beachbody Insanity workout. I’m getting closer and closer every day to being able to do a deep side lunge…

    • clairechapman

      That’s AWESOME! We have been talking about getting back into yoga a little bit… one of my goals for the fall was to do 2 yoga classes every month and so far, not so good.
      That’s awesome that you are already getting so much use out of your knee! How are you liking Insanity?

  • Jennifer

    Awesome!!!! :) So proud of you!

    • clairechapman

      Hey thanks!! :)

  • Christine

    I didn’t just get my first double under but I got 2 in a row! Joined my crossfit gym the beginning of September and have been trying everyday since then.

    • clairechapman

      Oh man, learning double unders is ridiculously hard, I can totally relate! Those were my project before pull-ups… we would go in early or stay late every single WOD and work on them. It took about a month of solid work before they really started to come together, but trust me when I say that once you get over that hump of linking your first handful, it gets exponentially easier every time you try! Nice work!!


Get every new post delivered to your Inbox

Join other followers: