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Day 117…Attempting Kipping

Posted on October 2, 2011 by Margaret Schlachter

Sometimes in life we achieve success quickly and other times we fail. It’s within the failure that we stoke the coals deep down within us to reignite the fire in our belly. For if we succeed at each first attempt we get lazy, get complacent, and forget just how to push that extra little bit.

Today I decided to go back to the gym, it was pouring raining and rather chilly, and I felt no need to push myself into an autumn cold. So after neglecting it for well over a month now, it was time to get back in the gym. At a complete loss for what I should do today I dug deep into the Dirt In Your Skirt workouts all the way back to Day 11… Speed, Strength, and Lacrosse…


Bosu Ball
“Two exercises are paired together and alternated, no rest until after all sets are done for each pair. Quick and effective way to get a lift in.

1a – Lumberjack Squat w/heel raise/press 70lb – 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
1b – Med Ball Overhead Toss 8kg Ball – 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
2a – Russian Deadlift 65lb – 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
2b – Box Jumps – 2, 4, 6, 8, 10
3a – Kettlebell Swings 25lb – 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
3b – Bosu Ball Squats – 4, 6, 8, 10, 12
4a – DB 20lb 1 Arm Snatch 10, 8, 6, 4, 2
4b – Russian Twist 12lb Med Ball – 4, 8, 16, 20, 24″


It was before and after this part of the workout where the real challenges took place. As I have written about before pull-ups are my Kryptonite, as much as I try this skill is ever illusive to me. A friend encouraged me to try Kipping, and said that’s how all the women that weigh like 90lbs are able to do a million pull-ups. So I YouTubed it and came up with this video. 


After a couple watches it seemed like an easy enough task to take on. So I figured it’s Saturday and I have nothing else to do with my time, let’s learn Kipping. So I recruited one of my colleagues who already knew the move to help teach me in our gym. We tried it once in the afternoon, then revisited it tonight this time with a camera and some of the other guys who live here decided this was good enough entertainment for a Saturday evening that they would join in on the action. This is my first (well more like second) attempt at Kipping.


This skill is definitely a To Be Continued… I can tell you it’s much harder than it looked in the initial YouTube video. In the end my hands were all ripped up and I had no more pop left in me. It gives me a new goal to strive to achieve and hopefully Kipping will be something you will see me doing in the future. Today I let the hunger from failure feed my will to succeed another day. I am nursing some torn up hands tonight, grateful to have the opportunity to try again tomorrow.