My first strict pull up!

Oh hello there bar!

Yes you read that right! The other day when Faye and I were messing about in the gym she was showing me she could now do three strict pull ups. I was absolutely amazed because it has been a goal for such a long time for me to be able to do it and I know it requires so much training and persistence to build up the strength to do something like that. That girl is crazy strong! I get so inspired by her.

Just for the sake of trying I decided to see how far I could pull myself up. No chance that I could pull myself all the way up to the bar, or so I thought! I started pulling with everything I had and I noticed myself slowly moving up towards the bar. Before I used to get to a certain point where I couldn’t physically pull myself any further. I got closer and closer and all of a sudden I had my chin up by the bar?! What seriously just happened I thought. Did I just do my first strict pull up? I had and I couldn’t believe it. It has felt like one of those super duper ultimate goals for so long and I had just done it. I let go of the bar and got back on the ground. I looked at Faye and we burst into laughter. We had no idea why because it wasn’t funny in the sense that we should be cracking up but I was just in shock.

I then tried it one more time and there I was again, with my chin by the bar. When did this happen? It felt like a massive milestone in my fitness and strength. I was over the moon. I had once again proven to myself that it is possible. It is possible to accomplish those impossible dreams if you set your mind to it and I had just made a huge improvement. Now I can’t wait to do more. I want to be able to bust out loads of them in a row. Imagine being able to do ten? So now I just need to continue on this track. I suppose that’s the issue with me, I’m never fully satisfied and am always chasing another goal as soon I have accomplished something. I managed to do two unbroken at the gym yesterday! I was really happy about that too!

Why it surprised me even more is that I haven’t exactly been standing by the bar doing loads of strict pull ups or anything. I think working on your strength in other areas as well, other than just the specific movement you want to improve in, makes such a difference. It makes you overall strength throughout and in different ways. Then one day when you’ve stepped away from that frustrating exercise you’ve struggled with and come back to it you might surprise yourself, like what happened to me.

I’ll remember this feeling of accomplishment for a long time! What a turning point.

Speaking of milestones, the other day I reached over a thousand Instagram followers! I have no idea where all of these beautiful people came from and why they want to follow me in life but thank you if you happen to read this for joining in my craziness. I just hope to somehow inspire and motivate people to be more fit and if that’s why they follow me I’m so grateful. A thousand people is a lot! I was thinking, imagine if all those people would stand in front of me at once? That would be so odd! And slightly intimidating….

Thank you to all of you who take their time to read my ramblings here. I truly hope it is of use to you in some way. It’s all I wish for.

Have a lovely day,

M xxx

Published by madeleineskristensen

Madeleine Moves is a blog celebrating a love of exercise, food, travelling and life. I love being active, exercising and being out and about. With my blog I hope to spread this joy and inspire you to be your best. Who am I? I’m Madeleine (surprise). I’m a Swede who lives in the vibrant city of Glasgow in Scotland. I moved here for my university studies and in summer 2016 I graduated with a degree in Business and Management at University of Glasgow. My keyword has always been balance. I love eating healthy food but I also love to indulge once in a while. You need to enjoy life at the end of the day and limiting yourself is not the way to go. With this I would like to say welcome to Madeleine Moves. Love, Madeleine

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