If you have read any John C. Maxwell or Darren Hardy books, you will hear them emphasis the point that it is much more efficient to spend time further developing areas of strength instead of wasting time trying to become mediocre in an area of weakness.
I definitely agree that there is value in further developing and refining your skills in areas of strength. Those are God-given talents and are likely something that once you master, you can contribute to the greater good of those around you as well to help others navigate that learning curve even more efficiently based on your experiences. However, I disagree that spending time developing weakness can be called “wasted time”. There is plenty to be gained from being a well rounded individual in all aspects of life: health, business, faith, etc.
Through the last few months of Crossfit, one of my biggest weaknesses and holes in my fitness has been clearly identified: pull ups!
Honestly, for as fit as I felt when I walked into the barn the first day, I couldn’t really even demonstrate one clean, strict, hollow body pull up. I know that when people look up videos of Crossfit, they often see clips of elite level athletes throwing down huge sets of butterfly or kipping pull ups. The comment section generally is filled with statements such as “NO PULL UPS WERE DONE DURING THIS VIDEO”. Let me be very clear: yes, momentum from a kip helps to increase efficiency and number of reps that someone can do at one time, however there is no way anyone can rep out significant numbers of kipping pull ups if they don’t have a quality strength base built on solid sets of strict pull ups.
In order to make a conscious effort to ATTACK this weakness, I have done a few things to help create opportunities for success:
- Build a pull up bar at home so that I can do additional sets and practice daily
- I will be following Charles Lewis Armstrong’s Pull Up Program
- I will keep myself accountable by sharing this tracking sheet: Aaron’s Armstrong Program Tracking Sheet
- My goal is to be able to do unbroken sets of 15-20 strict pull ups
I wanted to share the details of this challenge to hopefully inspire others to work on their weaknesses as well. I have never been even average at pull ups. Even back in middle school when we did testing for these and I weighed about 20lbs when wet I couldn’t really do a single pull up! So this goal of 15-20 unbroken reps is a major stretch for me. I appreciate all the encouragement and accountability that I am sure I can count on you all to provide throughout this challenge!
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I will do a weekly update every Saturday so stay tuned! Additionally I will be doing follow up blog posts about how to build your own pull up bar, the details of the Armstrong routine, and updating this post with links to those and the tracking sheet once it is all set up!