On May 29th I completed the fifth week of the pull up training program that I received after attending the workshop at Arbor Crossfit.

I have not, yet, done a pull up without assistance.

But I do believe that my grip is improving. I can see the callouses building up on my hands. I can feel my back aching as I discover new muscles.

I think it’s easier to do a green band assisted pull up than it used to be. But I’m not entirely sure.

I’m not sure if I’m mistaking hope for progress. Although I have increased the weight that I’m using for my bicep curls. And I have made my barbell assisted pull ups more difficult by raising the bar and lowering the box. And I have felt like the motions of the pull up are coming together in my body, as if my body is finally understanding how to do the movement and is now only waiting for my strength to catch up.

So I will press on. I will keep trying and keep building up strength. I told one of the coaches that I wanted to get the pull up by July. He insisted that I’d get it before then, which I thought was a nice dream. But honestly, I did expect to get it in five weeks of focused training. I’m a little disappointed that I’m not there yet.

But I’m going to take that disappointment and use it as a tool. I know what I want. I have a plan. And, if after week 10 I’m still not there, then I think I have the resources to help me figure out how to modify the plan and reach my goal.

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