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.
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.
BUT, I CAN DO KIPPING PULL UPS!
So what if washing my hands makes me cry?
No pain, no gain, right?
No, I won’t forget my gloves.
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?