Yes, I admit I’d need a state-of-the-art, ultra-high-tech piece of measuring equipment from MIT or NASA to prove that there was actual movement, but STILL! There really was!
You see, a couple of weeks ago I set myself a goal: To do one chin-up!
This isn’t the first time I’ve decided to make myself stronger, but who knows? Maybe THIS TIME I actually will!
First: Inspiration! I saw my almost-18-year-old godson do pull-ups. He just grabbed whatever was handy and pulled himself up so effortlessly, no, effervescently, transcendentally! Sure, beads of sweat appeared on his forehead, but then he just went on to something else as if he’d done nothing more than take a sip of water. WOW!
Second: Research! I went online to read articles and watch videos and came to the conclusion that a weakling like me has to go SLOW. Which means just hanging from a bar. Vs. hanging out in a bar, ha ha!
ANYWAY, one trainer said the first goal is to be able to hang from a bar, arms straight, for 30 solid seconds. I set upon that goal with gusto! About seven and a half seconds later I was moaning and whining with pain.. My hands, ouch ouch ouch!
Oh boy, I’m EVEN weaker than I thought: Not even an ant could stumble on my pain threshold! I’m not sure even level zero is low enough in my case.
Oh well, I will simply go SUPER slow! And I have: For the past two weeks or so I’ve been hanging from a bar almost every day. I’m not exaggerating one bit when I say that I HAD TO take a couple of rest days. (Ouch!)
My personal record in hanging from a bar: 19 seconds! Wohoo, ALMOST two-thirds of the way towards the first goal! And it’s getting a bit boring.. So today I decided to make the hanging more interesting by first doing some abs by lifting my knees up, and then I thought that I might as well try to pull myself up, just a tiny little bit.
Well, like I said, I don’t think it qualified as “tiny little bit”, but stage 3: First glimmer of SUCCESS! Muscles in my arms and core WERE activated and I felt my arms bend and my body lift up!! Just for an almost imperceptible moment, but the movement started with my feet already in the air so it wasn’t a case of me mistaking tippy-toeing with actual lift-off so WOHOO!
Yeah, yeah, in terms of actual chin-ups I have no reason to keep my head high and chin up, at least not in a way that can be seen with the naked eye, BUT I once saw a World’s Strongest Woman competition where the contestants had to pull a little HOUSE set on tracks and I couldn’t see the houses move one bit! I did see the ladies really struggle, though, and official results showed most of them HAD pulled the house an inch or so! SO!
SO with all that I wanted to say that others may mock you, and maybe NOBODY understands the significance of your achievements, but you DID make it to the top of the mountain! Even if you were there only fleetingly, almost imperceptibly, you DID scale your own personal north face of the Eiger! And you’ll keep going even higher!
(Whether I’ll ever be able to pull my chin above a bar is a different matter..)