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26 Sep

Primal Blueprint Fitness: Failure

Mark’s Daily Apple reader Jill submitted this Primal Blueprint Fitness video as her entry to this year’s Primal Blueprint Workout Video contest. This is one in a series of recipe videos, workout videos, Grokfeasts and other contest submissions that will be published all week long. View them all and vote for your favorites later this week. Grok on!

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  1. This. Is. Awesome.

    Anne wrote on September 26th, 2012
    • +1. Baby fast forward=priceless.

      Anders wrote on September 27th, 2012
  2. I feel you on the pull ups. I have always struggled with those I can do negatives but not a lot.

    Dobbie wrote on September 26th, 2012
  3. Failure? Remember, there is no failure, only feedback!

    Just because you haven’t yet reached your goal (1x pull up) doesn’t mean you won’t. In fact it means that everytime you go for it, you are getting closer.

    mark wrote on September 27th, 2012
    • I like the feedback perspective! And I’m looking forward to hitting that 1x pullup goal someday soon – so I can readjust it to even more pull-ups! Thanks for watching!

      Jill Kearns wrote on September 27th, 2012
  4. please speak to a trainer when pregnant and working out–don’t forget that as the uterus expands, the abs do something a male’s anatomy cannot do–they part–and we do not want to tighten them into that position. Thus certain types of ab exercises are contra-indicated in pregnancy and until the muscles have closed some weeks after childbirth. Those leglifts might fall into this category, especially if you lift straight legs.
    Yay to pull-ups however you do them–keep u the good work.

    doctorkira wrote on September 27th, 2012
    • Thank you so much for the recommendation and encouragement! You are absolutely right – ab exercises definitely need to be adjusted/removed from the workout. I have been working with a trainer on exercises. The knees to elbows exercise is one of the few “ab” exercises I can still attempt to do – for now at least. A lot of the work is really done by the hip flexors, other core muscles, and the arms/back in a dead hang. I have been informed to watch out for a bulge or ridge in the belly when performing exercises like this as it means the exercise would be causing the muscles to seperate (diastasis recti) which is tough to recover from post-pregnancy.

      You can see other moms-to-be perform actual knees to elbows and other way more amazing exercises than I will even consider attempting right now here:

      Jill Kearns wrote on September 27th, 2012
  5. you’ve got my vote so far- vid started slow but finished strong –

    lockard wrote on September 27th, 2012
    • Starting slow and finished strong… just like how we progress!

      I loved this video! I’m a mommy too and need to toss my toddler around more. And girl! Your push-ups! I can’t even do those… well against a wall I can. But that’s a start. When I saw this competition I automatically thought “Nope, this isn’t the competition for me” and that was that. You went for it! Awesome!!

      Monique wrote on September 27th, 2012
  6. Oh, thanks, that was so so so great! I’m stalking my first ‘real’ pull-up, too. You really show the fun in that combo of ‘fail’ plus ‘play’ – YAY!

    Sara in Brooklyn wrote on September 27th, 2012
  7. thanks for sharing… my freind and I were just talking about not being able to do a single pull-up. you inspired me to keep trying!

    srogers wrote on September 27th, 2012
  8. This is such an empowering message– I too am in pursuit of the elusive pull-up, & I really appreciate this perspective! Just installed a bar in the house — chair pulls, here I come!

    paleo-curious wrote on September 27th, 2012
  9. Love, love, love. That’s the best video I’ve watched so far!

    Bebe wrote on September 27th, 2012
  10. Superb video.
    I too struggle with chin-up AND press-ups, I was incredibly impressed with your press-ups.
    I found that very inspirational and I’ve just looked into buying one of those chin-up bars from short of using my kids climbing frame I was rather stuck on how to do them especially in the rainy Peak District in the North of England (warmer & drier indoors).
    Well done, keep up the good work Jill, onward and upward!
    Best wishes

    Zuber Jude wrote on September 27th, 2012
    • Thank you so much for the kind words! Before I had my first son, I couldn’t do any “real” push ups. After I gave birth, I started working out, found a great coach who just decided that I was going to do 1 by a certain deadline, and sure enough, I did! Now that I’m writing this, I think I’m going to have to set a deadline for these pull-ups too…
      Best to you, Jude!

      Jill Kearns wrote on September 27th, 2012
  11. Love it. Start slow finish strong. Very encouraging for someone who is still the slowest, and lifts the least amount of weight in her crossfit team…still working on that elusive pull up

    Amy wrote on September 27th, 2012
  12. Wow, what a message! You are amazing!

    Trish wrote on September 27th, 2012
  13. Thanks so much for this video, Jill!! Very encouraging to me as I can’t even deadhang from the bar!! Forget the actual pullup event! But I’m going to keep pushing through it and work my way toward my own fitness goals. Great job!

    Rhonda the Red wrote on September 28th, 2012

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