My new toy
My new toy

My new toy

Last Friday, Amazon delivered a new toy:

What with one thing and another (friends for dinner, hangover, race), I didn’t put it together until last night. Although I was able to put all the pieces together all by myself (with only 2 occasions where I had to take it apart & put it together – there were NO instructions), I did need the architect’s help to mount it (hee) to the door frame.

Finally, it was installed. And although the package recommends removing it from the door frame between uses, we probably won’t often – we’re both short enough that we won’t hit our heads, and I’m too short to put it back, meaning I’d be completely dependent on the architect if I ever just wanted to hang from a bar for a while.

Because that’s all I was able to do. I can do 50-60 push-ups (in 5 sets, I’m not a goddess….YET), but I can’t even pull my body weight up a tiny little bit. I hung for awhile. I pulled my legs up & pretended that was somehow affecting the torso lift. It wasn’t.

I am determined that by the end of this year, I will be able to do at least 1 pull-up. And trust me when I say that when that happens, I will share that information with you all. Probably a lot. There may even be pictures.

I didn’t feel QUITE so bad when the architect wasn’t able to do very many (although he’s probably home practicing RIGHT NOW just so he can stay ahead of me).

Do any of you do pull-ups? Do any of you female types do pull-ups? How long do you think it will take before I can crank one out? How else can I train my body to more effectively do a pull-up? More push-ups? More arm weights? Lose some ell-bees? All of the above?

I’m pretty committed to my SBSD crunches, and I’m moving on to week 3 (level 2, bitches) of the push-up challenge after this week, but I really, really want to do a pull-up. (Apparently I’ve decided that I want to relive & then conquer all my elementary school PE humiliations – next up, I’m installing a climbing rope.)


  1. Alisa

    I cannot do any pull ups. Never have been able to. Would love to try =).

    This is my second week of week 1 on the 100 push challenge. I maxed at 7 last night…woo-hoo! I think that’s a PR for me on push ups.

    Can’t wait to hear all about your trials and tribulations with the pull up bar.

    1. Maybe when we have our party in June, instead of a push-up challenge, I’ll make everyone hang from the pull-up bar instead! 🙂 Of course, Jen would probably crank out like 50 or something 🙂

  2. Ugh…a **climbing rope**??!! I’d rather have each one of my toe nails pulled out individually than have to endure that humiliation again.

    I’ve never been able to do a pull up either. I might put that on my list of “things to do” as well. It’ll be number 438,291.

    1. It was humiliating – fortunately, only the school where I went to Kindergarten & 1st grade had one, so the humiliation is far, far away in the deep recesses of the mind. BUT, I would love to be all buff ‘n’ stuff, you know, Navy Seal style (without actually having to join the military), so maybe I’ll have to find one. After I’ve master the pull-up(s).

  3. That thing has been in my Amazon shopping cart for a month!

    I was the pull-up champion in elementary school. CHAMPION I tell you. Oh and I could climb that rope like spiderman. But I played tether ball obsessively – showing up early and staying after school to play it. I don’t know if that had anything to do with it, but by the time the fitness test rolled around at the end of my first year in middle school, 7th grade, I couldn’t do any pull-ups. And there was no tether ball in middle school. Very scientific analysis, I know.

    So now I’m confused. Should I buy a tether ball instead of the pull-up bar? Argh.

    1. I have never in my entire life done a pull-up. In my school, they decided girls were too wimpy, so we just had to do the flexed arm hang. Which I sucked at (I was more the sit-up champion and the sit & stretch & be super flexible champion).

      I’ve also never been a tether ball afficianado. Maybe I should also install a tether ball. Couldn’t hurt, right?

  4. i’m sure to have nightmares tonight about gym class! those presidential fitness things where you had to do pull-ups and climb the rope and whatever all the other forms of torture were – those should be BANNED!! talk about humiliation. yikes! i think you’ve uncovered some deep-seated anger and resentment for me. thank god i’ve never needed to climb a rope in real life!!

    1. I’m sorry that I brought you to an unhappy space. That was not my intention AT ALL!

      During the last year I was required to do the presidential torture test, I came in LAST in the mile run. I was actually slower at 14 than I am now. In retrospect, I may not have been trying very hard then.

  5. i love the IronGym. we just got one a few weeks ago, and i can finally do 2 pullups. i could hang for 15 seconds the first night we got it, and that was all. stick with it, you’ll be doing pullups before long.

    1. I am a champion hanger. If hanging was an Olympic sport, I wouldn’t win, but I might get a chance to try out for the Olympic team.

      Last night, I swear that my arms pulled my body up an infinitesimal amount. By this time next year, maybe I’ll be able to do 1 pull-up. 🙂

    1. I am determined to practice every day until I can do one. We’ll see how long that takes. Maybe I need a COUNT-UP clock to measure how many days it takes Amy to do one pull-up!

  6. Jen

    I can’t do a pull up. If I kind of jump up to a high bar my momentum will get me up, but if I start from a dead hang, NO. I would love to try again now that I’ve been doing some strength training, but I doubt it. Good luck!!

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