Of all the things people want in their crossfit journey, mine seems simple. An unassisted pull-up (strict, dead hang). I wrote it up on the white board at Craic as one of my goals almost a year ago. I think it’s been up there so long that it’s seeped into the white board permanently. With all the shoulder issues and trying to meet my weight loss goals, it’s seemed impossible. I wish that the introduction of this post ended with…and today was finally the day. However, it isn’t 🙂 But I had what some people consider a small step – for me it was a small victory.
When I started Crossfit, I had to use the thickest band to do pull-ups. The black band. I finally graduated to being able to do a couple of pull-ups on the green band but then my shoulders went to shit. I’ve been doing the personal programming with John for the last couple of weeks and I’ve been doing green banded pull-ups. I must admit, it’s been nice to be back on the bar. Well, the green bands have seemed easy-ish. I was able to do 5 sets of 5 unbroken, even taking time to come to a full pause at the bottom per Jarrod’s instruction. So, I thought – what the heck, I’ll try it with the blue band and see how far I have to go. I’ve tried the blue band before and not been able to get up to anywhere close to the bar. Well, I’m happy to say that I got two full pull ups with the blue band (full pause in between and all). I’m going to continue to work on my progressions and bi-cep work and hopefully before the opens, I’ll have a couple of unassisted pull-ups under my belt! It’s a small victory on my pull-up journey – but I’m really excited!