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By Pamela Liuzzo, Prescott Valley, AZ
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Sunday, September 01, 2013

Tommy's negative experience with chin-ups

 Pamela Liuzzo DTR, CDM, CFPP

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Hello Simply Fit readers. About three months ago, my 13-year-old son Tommy, told me - in a very disappointing tone - that he was unable to complete a chin-up at school. I hated to see him so upset so I offered my motherly/personal trainer advice. I challenged Tommy to do 10 negative chin-ups every day for a month. For those of you who don't speak "Pam," a negative chin-up is when you only do the lowering phase of the chin-up. It's really a chin-down but I digress.

Ten negative chin-ups a day, turned into 12, then 15, then 20. Within a month, Tommy not only doubled his reps, but his form was near perfect and the speed at which he lowered himself was much slower due to his new-found strength.

Then the real measure of his work was tested. It's one thing to do a negative chin-up, but it's an entirely different challenge to perform a real chin-up. Tommy didn't do just one or two chin ups. NO SIR! He did eight!

Then a few weeks ago at school, Tommy's P.E. class had to do chin-ups. Tommy confidently stepped up to the bar and performed one chin-up after another while his classmates counted his reps out loud. Yes. I am a proud mom. Not because he did the most reps in his class because he didn't, but because Tommy took the necessary steps to improve himself.

My hope is that he will draw from this experience for the rest of his life. Whenever his challenge is mentally or physically, he can think back to when a chin-up turned from impossibility to a reality within a few short months. All is took was a little hard work every day.

What "chin-ups" do you have in your life right now? What are you doing to overcome them? This is your wake up call if your answer is nothing. Tommy spent less than ten minutes per day to reach his goal. The key is consistency...and having a mom who reminds you won't hurt either.


If you don't make the time to work on creating the life you want, you're eventually going to be forced to spend a lit of time dealing with a life you don't want ~ Kevin Ngo

Related Links:
• How to do a negative Chin-Up

Reader Comments

Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2013
Article comment by: Pam Liuzzo

Thank you Doug! I will pass your kind words on to Tommy.

Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2013
Article comment by: Doug W

I absolutely love this story Pamela. You have not just helped your son attain a goal but you have also taught him a very important life lesson that if you want something bad enough you can achieve it. That with the proper mindset and a little planning, the sky’s the limit. He will carry this lesson with him for the rest of his life Pamela. Please convey to him my congratulations.

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