Today I wanted to take a moment to chat about my mom's hospitalization.
Last week I went off to New York City. I had this trip planned for over a month a month. The plan was to reconnect, explore the city and go to tan event called Strong New York.
A week before going, I got the phone call nobody ever wants to get.
I had noticed that my mom was not answering me much during one of her favorite days, her birthday.
It was strange, so I talked to my stepdad and he informed me that she had been hospitalized.
You see... my mom is an amazing woman.
She is a force. On top of that, she is ALWAYS checking in on me and the rest of the family.
She's 63 years old, and a perfectionist who literally puts 110% into everything she does.
I have really been enjoying working closely with a select group of women. I am super proud of my client, Aimee. After not working out in awhile, we got her back in the grove of hitting 5 workouts a week, starting back to the basics, mastering them, getting decent schedule down.
She was ON A ROLL… until well, life happened. Her cat went missing, and she finally found him, (I can relate this so much since I used to have an outdoor cat.)
Because of this, her schedule got a bit messed up. She wasn’t able to get her workout in early like she had wanted. Instead of beating herself up about it and stressing, she simply just moved her workout to a different time that day, from the normal 7am to 1:30pm.
Not only did she make the time, she also realize how damn good it felt to take her mind off all the stress and get movement in.
It’s in this moment as I read her messages and schedule her workouts for next week that you can SEE exactly why movement isn’t just about...
Today I wanted to do a quick check-in with everyone and talk about growth, because the truth is....
But we have a choice. We can stay stuck or we can lean into the discomfort
I decided to lean into it, but it took awhile to get there.
You see, I had EVERYTHING going for me. I owned a gym, I was getting in magazines, and I even had a boyfriend for a hot second.
And then BOOM.
In one flash of a second EVERYTHING changed.
I tore my ACL on National Television (Ninja Warrior 2018) in front of HUNDREDS of people. I was embarrassed, I was frustrated.
Everyone watched me go from being one of the strongest top females to a crippled girl who was broken.
So what did I do?
I took a moment to feel what I needed to, to feel all the suck. To sit in the shit moment. To say, "why me?". I was so broken at one point that I didn't want to live anymore. I felt like my identity was gone since I wasn't an athlete.
Until I finally got tired of my own shit and realized it was...
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Pull-up vs the Chin-up! Which one is better?! Which one is easier? I go through all of that in this video! I also go over a few other variations of pull-ups that you can do to shake things up a little ;).
“I needed somebody who has a plan that could give me structure that I could look at and be consistent with.”
I’m super excited to be celebrating Becky today! I met her at a convention in Seattle and she had expressed interest in getting a pull-up so I invited her to join my Pull-Up Revolution program. In 30 days, she went from 0-2 unassisted pull-ups through the Pull-Up Revolution program!
Dr. Becky Rucker is a physical therapist and owner of Physio Movement Performance, but she had always wanted to learn a pull-up. For so long, she was just doing pull-ups with a band, but what she realized through the program is that a pull-up is not just an upper-body exercise… it is a FULL BODY movement. It’s your shoulders, your core, your glutes, you name it. Bands are great for feeling the movement of the pull-up, but they don’t do much for you to learn how to do your pull-up without you.
Becky loved the structured plan of the program...
I see people getting "stuck" on the assisted band all the time! A great way to start to get off the band is by doing body rows instead! I walk through in this video all the drills you'll need to do in order to advance and start doing that pull-up on your own!
00:40 Body Rows & Setting up the Bar
02:11 How to do the body row
02:44 Shoulder Shrugs on Bar
03:16 Flex Arm Hang Holds
03:57 How to advance these
SOOO many times i hear while people are trying to get their pull-up that they legit cannot hold onto the bar. A BIG factor with this is grip strength! I am personally not a fan of getting "grips or gloves" to help with this! So in this video I will go over a TON of different things you can do to finally get that grip strength you are looking for!
01:00 NOT A FAN OF GRIPS OR GLOVES ;)
01:16 Instead of getting grips or gloves do THIS (Liquid Chalk or wrapp the bar)
02:04 Plate Pinches
02:52 Plate Flips
03:51 Just Hang out
04:55 Farmers Carry
05:44 Towel Hangs
06:32 Weather Advisory
07:09 Finger extensor exercises
08:28 Stick Roll ups
10:48 Different Grip Holds
Have you noticed when doing pull-ups that you may be pulling with one side more than the other? Believe it or not this is more common than you may think and it actually might be hindering your pull-up progress….
But have no fear in this video I go over how to FINALLY fix this so that you can continue to progress
The 3 times Rule:
Whatever drills we are doing, we are going to do it 3x more on the weaker side. Not increasing weight or resistance just 3x more
The movements to do to Fix this! Remember 3x MORE on the weaker side!
Single Arm Shrug Lat Pull-Downs (Tap on your Lat)
Single Arm Pull-ups (don't worry you do these assisted ;))
It was legit SO fun "hanging" out with you all today!
I hope you left the workshop being able to
1 Identify where you are at currently with your pull-up
2Learn that it's super important to get OFF the bands as much as possible and work on Mobility, Stability & Strength Drills to get your Pull-up
3 That a pull-up is completely possible for you!
4 You need to be consistent in order to conquer it
And let's be honest...it can be super tough to go about this process alone. You can continue to look up random workouts on instagram or mess around with the pull-up here or there... OR
Join in on my 30 Day Pull-up Revolution and I will be there every step of the way to help you succeed <3
Details below! We start Feb 6th
Sign-up Pull-up Coaching Program (Starts Feb 6th):
Are you feeling completely STUCK at the Bottom of your pull-up?
Literally you use the assisted band and you’re able to crank out a decent amount and then boom! You get rid of the band and you can’t do any…
Why is that? And what can you do to get “unstuck” from the bottom of your pull-up?
Why doesn't the band work?!
It’s doing you a disservice helping you at the hardest part of the pull-up…the bottom.. so your not really building strength for the bottom of the pull-up. Make sure you are using an assisted pull-up that is actually challenging you. Does the band have benefits? Absolutely! Especially because it does help strengthen the other parts of your pull-up and give you the idea of how amazing it feels to get that chin above the bar!
Shrug Lat Pull-Downs
Single Arm Shrug Lat Pull-down while tapping the Lat to wake it up!