I ignore the things I’m not good at and work hard at the things I’m decent or good at. There I said it.
Case in point… I’ve long struggled with jumping rope. I know, it’s pretty ridiculous. But I’ve always struggled. I can string “singles” together OK but when I even think about “double unders” I freeze up and fail. Every time. So now I simply ignore my jump rope and focus on other things.
Same with kipping pull-ups (i.e. fake pull-ups for all the CrossFit haters out there). My strict pull-up strength has really improved but whenever I try to “kip” I start to flop and flail about on the bar like some wounded animal.
So I pretty much ignore the kip and only do strict pull-ups. Heck, I’m even preparing to do strict pull-ups during the famous “Murph” workout this Memorial Day since I fear I won’t be able to kip them. Yes, I know, strict pull-ups are better for me long term… but, dang it, I need to learn how to kip!
There are a few other things I need to work on (overhead squats anyone?) but, at least for now, jumping rope and kipping are the two things kicking my butt. And, you know what? I’m tired of it.
So today I’m publicly committing to you all that I, Ron Pereira, promise to work on these two movements until I’m competent at them. Mike’s worked with me multiple times and I’ve watched around 1,300 YouTube videos on both topics so coaching isn’t the problem. I just need to stop being a baby and put the work in.
I’m going to start by jumping rope during my warm-up for every single workout while also programming them into workouts more than I do now which won’t be hard since I don’t program them today! And I’m asking my 14-year-old daughter/workout partner to hold me accountable to this!
And for kipping I’m going to practice the movement at least two times a week… possibly more.
I have no idea how long it will take to get good at these movements… but I do know, for sure, it’s never going to happen if I don’t put the work in!
What about you? Do you ignore things you’re no good at? If so, I definitely encourage you to face your fears and get to work. Who cares how bad you are at it… just keep trying and don’t give up. That’s what I plan to do.
Finally, this article was heavily influenced by a story I read in an email newsletter I get. It was written by a lady who’s working to get her first pull-up. She’s not quite there yet… but, by the sounds of it, she’s real close. I don’t know her but, man, I’d love to be in the room when she does pull her chin over that bar for the first time!
Dear Pull-Up Bar,
I saw you today. For the first time ever we met eye to eye and for a few fleeting seconds I thought I could pull myself higher than you. But no matter how hard I tried I failed. However, I find solace in knowing that many of my friends and companions surpassed you; some with just their chin up while others with their chest held high and many for the first time today.
I know things now that I didn’t know before. You are not as elusive as you pretend to be. You are not tall as you think you are. Anyone who desires you, can have you. So know this, pull up bar, the next time we meet I will rise higher than you because your time is up. I see you and I know you. I SHALL conquer you too. — Kimberly Leja Martinez
Until next time… be holy, eat clean, and do more push-ups!