Unassisted PullupsPosted: March 2, 2010
I started this quest in January of 2007. In the early days I weighed 345lbs and needed 5-6 huge rubber bands to help me get over the bar…or as Jer said a few of the boys to hoist me over that thing…lol. As things progressed I needed fewer and fewer bands. I was extremely close in September 2009 when I tore a tendon in my bicep right off the bone and was out of comission for 2 full weeks with a number more in rehab mode. The good news was no surgery was required. It frustrated me to no end for a bit but we need to work at the things we want to achieve and sometimes there are bumps in the road, you just have to deal with them. As things started to heal and I was doing more and more with the arm again the bands started to reduce in number and thickness again. I had hoped to do get an unassisted pullup in the fall but no go. Let me explain my obsession with the pullup…it is one of the main reasons for the longest time I was not able to get a “P” (prescribed) workout at Crossfit and it drove me nuts since I was doing the proper weight and reps. Fast forward to December 31, 2009 and a loosey goosey workout before the big party to ring in 2010. Just before leaving the gym I walk up to the pullup bar not wanting to leave 2009 without having done at least 1 friggin unassisted pullup! Here goes nothing and……………..BAM…….I GOT OVER THE BAR!!!!!!!
Thank god there were two withnesses and then I proceeded to do two in a row and a few more singles. Since then I never use bands and feel an extreme sense of pride everytime I do them. For all those who want it bad like I did…it’s a matter of determination, practice and proper nutrition. Add all of those together and off you go into the land of pullups and believe me, the grass is greener on this side. You’ll notice in the picture I am wearing a neoprene brace on my left elbow, that is a result of the injury which sometimes can still bother me during or following a WOD (workout of the day). I have about 90-95% strength back but it will never be the same as before. So there you have the reason for my pullup obsession and why it was so important to me to get it done. Good luck to all still striving to get there and to those who got there before me…thanks for the motivation!