What my degree in IPE didn't teach me about baking, DIY, fitness, and life…
I’m not a fan of the word can’t. Tell me that I can’t do something and you better believe that my new mission is to try to prove you wrong (that is unless I think you’re trying a reverse psychology game, in which case you’re likely to get a whole different kind of resistance). Well Tara Parker Pope of the NY Times has just pulled the “can’t” card. Claiming that women can’t do pull-ups, using a recent study to back her up.
Now I’ll admit that I’ve never been able to do a pull-up. I’ll even admit that I’m not a huge fan of strength training (would even go so far as to say that I hate it) But I’m not ready to admit defeat. In the study she quoted, a group of 17 (yes that’s right, only 17) normal weight women who couldn’t do a pull-up were given exercises to do 3 days a week over the course of 3 months. At the end of the study, the women (on average) had increased their upper body strength by 36% and decreased their body fat by 2%, but only 4 of them were able to do a pull-up.
Now, call me crazy, but I don’t think that’s enough evidence to say that woman CAN’T on principle do a pull-up! Lately the fitness blogosphere has been filled with posts about CrossFit, and while I’m not sure I’m ready to jump on that bandwagon, it does seem that they’ve found a way to get girls (and the uninitiated) to be able to do a pull-up. Well, that’s it! Enough of the “can’t”s. I know what I’m going to do when I finish my push-up challenge at the end of this year. 2013 is going to be the year of the pull-up. I don’t have huge lofty goals. I just want to be able to do 1 – 1 solid pull-up by the end of 2013. So, that’s the plan – who’s with me?!