I still haven’t gotten a strict pull up.

But I’m at the point where I am doing pull ups without assistance when the movement comes up on the workout of the day. I actually did a fair number of jumping chest to bar pull ups as part of participating in the Crossfit Open (16.3, scaled).

I’m still working on my three times a week pull up workout, with the addition of 3 to 5 “unstrict” pull ups when I complete it on workdays (usually days 1 and 2) and 10+ unstrict when I complete it on a weekend (usually day 3).

My grip strength is improving, and I can feel a new soreness in my back muscles. I don’t think I’ve reached a plateau, but I still haven’t figured out how to bridge the gap between the top of a reverse shrug and the 90 degree arms.

In May it will be officially a year that I’ve been hammering away at this pull up goal. I’ve come so far, and I’m still not there. But there’s progress, and, in that, I take pride.

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