Help! I’m trying to do a pull-up and I can’t get up!

Remember that commercial in which an elderly woman who had fallen to the floor cried, “Help! I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”

Well, I can sort of relate to her these days.

Not that I’ve fallen down recently, but I’ve been trying to get up, by doing a pull-up. And it seems as distant a goal as getting off the floor did to that poor fallen woman.

But, I have to take stock of how far I’ve come. After a years-long hiatus from exercise, I started working out seriously again about two years ago. When I began, it was so difficult that all I could do was laugh my way through some of the workouts. And after those first workouts, I was so sore that even laughing was a bad idea. Too painful.

But I began to slowly progress, until I felt it was time for a new challenge.


My daughter and I added weightlifting to our workouts this summer. I’m getting stronger, but one thing I have never been able to do is a pull-up.

As I have always encouraged my kids to be fit, and they can all do pull-ups with ease, I felt as though it would be a bit hypocritical if I didn’t at least try a pull-up at some point.

My first attempt was more dangle than pull. Once again, all I could do was laugh.

So, after watching some helpful videos on how to achieve a pull-up, I decided to build my strength first. I’ve been jumping up from a stool, pulling my chin over the bar, and just hanging there for as long as I can.

Jump up, hold chin over bar…let go. Jump up, hold chin over bar…let go.

That’s all I’ve been able to achieve so far. But the longer I hang on, the stronger I become. I can hang on just a bit longer than I could the first time I tried.

I’ve learned through the years that many of the same principles that apply to physical fitness apply to spiritual fitness as well.

It takes time – years of daily life, as well as time invested in prayer and Bible reading – to build character and strengthen a relationship with God.

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It takes consistent and persistent effort to banish a weakness and transform it into a strength.


It means keeping your eyes on the ultimate goal, so that even when you fall, you get back up and try again, with God’s help.

For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again. – Proverbs 24:16a

She girdeth her loins with strength, and strengtheneth her arms. – Proverbs 31:17

Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. – Isaiah 41:10

That he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man. – Ephesians 3:16

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7 thoughts on “Help! I’m trying to do a pull-up and I can’t get up!”

  1. 💘 so very true. Thank you for this, as knowing where I was and where I will be in the gym. It all is time 😁 and we are blessed by this

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