Tuesday night as I stood and watched the few stragglers left from the final class of the day, I couldn’t help but think…
“How Far We’ve Come…”
I mean you. How far You’ve Come. I watched in amazement as three ladies found the energy to horse around on the pullup bars after the eight rounds of God awful workout they did.
P-nut, Sarah, and Tiffany all swinging gracefully from the silver bars as their chins swiftly rose above them. I suddenly realized, never in my life have I been in a room around that many females who could do pull ups. Then, I thought of the others ladies not present who could do the same and it’s enough to make a meat-head cry.
Why? Because All the women here doing pull ups earned it. They didn’t walk in and start plopping them out. They came early and stayed late, just as they were doing now, to get it. It was once impossible for them, but now, it’s not. sniff sniff. 😉
The same night an inspired Nicole went up to give it a try. She goes up and doesn’t quite get it. After several attempts she realized it wasn’t the night.
Tonight, it was a big day for Tara and Jillian. Two months ago we set today, the fifth of May, as the day they were gonna get their first pullup. Ok, I set the date but they agreed 🙂 and took it seriously.
These girls put in work. Every time they came in (well, almost) they stayed an extra 15-20 minutes working on pull ups. And it shows; the back definition and strength they’ve gained makes it quite obvious.
It’s been frustrating for them because the kip just comes harder for some. So, as they went up to do their first pull up, I had my fingers crossed for them. However, we knew that it wasn’t likely. They swang. No, swung? I don’t know. But they tried, and as they pulled they came VERY close… but no cigar. Oh well. Goal of May 5th missed… but we fail forward.
Had we not set that date we can be pretty sure they would not have pursued the pull up like the resolve they have been and as a result I would easily put money on it that they will have it before May is over. So, even though we missed the target, we are further along than if we would not have bothered to shoot for anything. Whoa… someone say life lesson?? They are stronger and fitter and WILL be doing pullups.
The same goes for Nicole who is soooo close and Roxeanne, and so many other girls on the threshold of Badass-dom. (let’scall em girlillas… no?)
Btw, this isn’t just pullups, its the pursuit of everything here. Susie rowing a sub 2:00 500m after a WOD; Darin and Shelia doing handstands and tumbles; Vanessa nailing a perfect power snatch; Patti doing a perfect “superstar” (splitjerk); Mrs. Mckenna deadlifting 185lb, and countless others performing very impressive feats.
So keep on keepin on Guys and Gals.
STRETCH!!! For 30 Minutes
**If you are unsure of what to practice, ask Ricky or partner up with someone and do what they do.
FYI We have a water cooler Puhleasse bring re-fillable bottles from now izzle. Let’s keep the plastic we use limited to credit cards and cosmetic surgury. 🙂