Saturday, August 02, 2008

And yet another first tonight. I actually did some real negative pull ups. Three.

So what? You ask, well I’ll tell you this was huge for me. My brother had started harrassing me again to try and do pull ups on his pull up bar and I was saying no again, that I can’t do it, that I just drop like a stone even doing negatives.
You see, this is the way it’s always been for me. I dreaded the President’s fitness test in elementary school, it was never fun, always a torture and I not only failed to do a pull up but could never do the “hang test” either. Pronounce that eye-ther.
Flash forward, twenty seven years old and I decide to try to perform negative pull ups and…
I did it, no them, three in fact. I could have done more but I got all excited and I also plan to do another KB workout tomorrow and didn’t want to be hurting too much. I felt strong and amazing and can’t wait to be able to pull up instead of slowly lowering down.
I’m on my way up.
Kettlebells people, kettlebells.


MizFit said...

*tosses confetti*
I completely was you as well.
horrible at the PFT.
terrible in gym class.
climb the rope? hang? never happened.

so I get what youre feeling about the negatives (I need a pull up bar. I literally do mine at a playground!) and the kettlebell?

try it. you'll love it. do it outside (just my opinion as Im wholly uncoordinated ;))


Erin said...

@MiZFit-Thank you thank you! I credit the kettlebell with my new strength-maybe you missed a few of my posts? :)
Lovely to have you here, truly.

MARLA said...

HOORAY! FANTASTIC! I am so excited for you. It's just a matter of time and training, you'll be belting out pull ups right and left.

I was at a street festival a few months ago, and the Navy had a recruiting booth set up, and they had a pull up bar. Guys kept stopping to see if they could do as many pull ups as a tough Navy guy. (answer: no). Average seemed to be around three pull ups, although a few young buff guys made 9 or 10.

Three girls tried it: one 10-year-old and two grown women, they all managed 8 or 9. THEY WERE SO COOL. OMG I wanted to do that so bad.

MARLA said...

I meant to add that next year you will be my secret weapon. We'll go together and you can pound out 20 pull-ups and put all them to shame, and I will enjoy it vicariously.

Erin said...

@Marla-I love the whole image of the pull up contest with the women kicking ass and I will take you up on being your secret weapon! Now I really have to get crackin'.
PS I am SORE today just from those three.