[*Updated from previous post]
> Over a year ago…
I was never been able to do pull ups, even when I was in the best shape of my life (swimming and Olympic weightlifting in high school). I had to cheat on the Presidential Fitness test.
Because of an old swimming injury (I tore my scapular muscle), I had been doing ring rows and band-assisted pull ups for about a year just getting the back strength. I think the real difference maker for me was taking Coach Surg’s advice to start doing the work off of dumbbells [practicing by placing a dumbbell under the pull-up bar, and initiating the pull with feet touching the dumbbell instead of trying to pull straight off the floor].
Once I switched up how I was doing the work, it taught me how to engage and pull from my back instead of my arms, which was the key!
> And then, eight months ago…
Little by little I decreased the size of the dumbbells that I was using for practice, until Coach Kate had me do a couple pull ups off the 5 pound weight and I shocked myself by actually being able to do them. (Must also give a shout out to Matt G. and Sara C. for constantly annoying me to work on them.) But I still couldn’t get a pull up or chin up off the ground.
> … came The Day…
Both chin-ups and pulls-ups, I didn’t know the day was going to be The Day. I jumped up on the rig and pulled myself up, as if that was a totally normal thing for me to do.
On the chin ups, I had to ask people if I jumped; for my first pull up, I got to the top and laughed and, still with my chin still above the bar, asked Chris if I was doing a pull up or chin up, because I wasn’t sure which way my hands were.
> And then, yesterday…
Incredible. Just incredible.
Congrats, Kara! We’re so proud of you! And to quote our friends from Wade’s Army: “Thank you for using your power for good!”
Awesome, inspiring work!