Confession – I cannot do a pull up

Confession – I cannot do a pull up or a chin up.

Every year during gym class I felt like a failure because there was no hope for me doing a pull up as part of the government’s physical fitness test. According to “Why Women Can’t Do Pull Ups” in the New York Times there might be legitimate reasons.

In addition to the fact that I am 5’9″, today I confess that I am not in the best of shape. When I lived in the T-Dot I was working out regularly with a trainer and did countless repetitions on the assisted pull up/chin up machine. I did develop those muscles but I still needed to use the weights to help me. It is my own goal to work on that more seriously (yes I have a plan, no I will not share it here). In the mean time, I take some comfort in knowing that my lack of pull up prowess might be more complicated than I thought.


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I am a rabbi living in North America. I was ordained from HUC-JIR. This is my blog.
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1 Response to Confession – I cannot do a pull up

  1. Marilyn says:

    Ellie, I too have never been able to do a chin up or pull up. No matter how much I try. I always marvelled at a girlfriend of mine who can do them, endlessly, no matter if she is in top form or not.
    I never have let it bother me.
    You do make me chuckle some times!
    Love Marilyn

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