I didn’t need that part of my hands anyway

Hello, hello!

How is everyone this fine day?

I learned how to do Kipping Pull Ups today!!!

What’s a kipping pull up, you ask?

As you know, I’ve been working on my strict pull ups – that’s just a plain, old-fashioned pull up – and I’ve finally been able to do them.  I can ALMOST string 2 together and I can definitely drop off the bar and jump back up and do another one.  Being able to do a pull up is pretty important but understanding the kipping motion really helps, especially if your workout has a lot of them in it.

Like today’s.


Oh, I was excited about it!

Because I’m crazy.  I know.

Okay, not so excited about overhead lunges with the 25# plate because those are tiring but I was so happy that the skillset was learning how to kip.

Coach Tracy said and did something that really resonated with me and I think made all the difference.  I’ve been working on the kip for a while, practicing on my own, but I couldn’t quite get it.  My kip would get a little wonky.  Wonky kips are bad.  I’m not a monkey – I don’t need to be swinging on the bar like I am one!

Anyway, she reminded us that at the top, you need to push off – essentially like a push-up off the bar to help you keep that motion in your shoulders.  It was like a light bulb went on over my head!

So, I practiced the kipping motion for a few and then, since I can totally do a pull up now, I did a strict pull up and then pushed off and promptly started kipping!  I think I strung together like 5 that first time! It was all I could do to keep going!  I totally wanted to drop down and jump up and down and hoot and holler but people were watching me and I didn’t want to stop!  Woot!

So, I grabbed a band for the WOD and had it up there for just in case (I mean, really, 8 minutes is a LOOOONG time, especially after doing a 2 minute workout and then a 4 minute workout!) but I planned on doing the WOD without the band.  A FIRST FOR ME!!!

And, I did it!!

Okay, I used the band for a few in my final round because….well…..



Remember those awesome purple gloves I bought?



I wasn’t wearing them.


So what if washing my hands makes me cry?


No pain, no gain, right?

No, I won’t forget my gloves.

Ever again.

Oh, and then I went for a nice 2 mile run.  You know, to forget my pain.

It was lovely.  I love running. 🙂


1. Do you wear workout gloves or do you tape your hands for workouts?

2. Do you have an irrational phobia of the dentist?  I have a toothache and really need to go have it checked out but even the thought of calling for an appointment stresses me out. A LOT. Yes, I called but I felt like I wanted to cry the whole time I was scheduling my appointment. I’m going on Thursday and I’m really nervous. And, all they’re going to do is an exam and xrays to see what’s going on! My stomach is a big, fluttery mess! Do you get like that with the dentist? Or doctors, in general?

– jennifer

2 thoughts on “I didn’t need that part of my hands anyway

  1. YEAH for kipping pullups! 🙂

    Ouch for your poor hands. How long have you been CF’ing…how long did it take you to get a kipping pullup?

    I used to have a fear of the dentist…but my new dentist is so nice, and makes me feel really comfortable. The worst thing is the bill once I have to have something done..ugh (aka filling).

    • I’ve been doing crossfit for about 6 months. Been working on pull ups and the kip since I started. I worked out a lot before (small group classes using in a gym) but didn’t focus on them until I started. They just sorta popped out of nowhere and surprised me today! How about you? I saw you did kipping when you did the “7s” – how long did it take for you to get the kip?
      I’m going to be a wreck by the time my appointment turns up on Thursday. And you’re right, the bill is always one of the worst parts! If that’s how much it costs with insurance, can you imagine paying completely out of pocket?! Yikes!!

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