I wrote this a long time ago after being inspired by one of our female student-athletes completing her first pullup. "Pull-UP"
My strength coach said to me as I entered SAPT;
“Miss, can you do a pull-up?”
“HAHA, yea rite, NO,” said me.
He asked me “why;”
I told him that;
“Pull-ups are impossible; why even try.”
“That’s gonna’ change he said with a smirk;
You will do pull-up;
Are you afraid of hard-work?”
“When hell freezes over,” I thought in my head;
It’s been 7 years of gym class and still no luck;
Each test I fail; I should just put this one to bed.”
He chuckled and said, “The funny thing about pull-ups,
You’ve got to work at’um for weeks;
Pull for every inch until your head erupts.”
He said, “I’ll help you map the way;
Are you onboard?”
“Aye coach; I’ll have my day!”
Weeks went by, and work we did;
We ran the gambit;
Partials; Iso’s, Ecc’s; Band assisted.
Most of time I just wanted to cry;
“Charge on,” he said; “A quitting attitude won’t cut it;
It simply won’t fly.”
So I fought tooth and nail, through the arm numbing burn;
Pull-ups I will own you;
This I will earn.
Finally, the day came, it was time to test;
“I’m nervous,” I said;
“Don’t be,” he said, “just try your best.”
So I chalked-up my hands, and pulled with all my might;
My chin….CLEARED THE BAR;
OH, WHAT A FIGHT!”
I triumphantly dropped from the bar;
Pull-ups, I had defeated;
Coach said, “You should be proud, you’ve come so far.”
It wasn’t the pull-up that meant so much;
It was what I had learned;
all the planning, trying and such.
This I will remember for the rest of my time;
Nothing is owed to me; plan, fight, execute, then fight some more;
Extract from for this rhyme.
Failing to do the above only will mar;
Anything worth doing in life;
Lift your chin above the bar.
Hope everyone is having a great week,