Wisdom of the Week - Introducing the Muscle-Up

That's right- the most coveted gymnastics movement in the sport of CrossFit, the muscle-up, is the star of our next Wisdom of the Week series! Watch the videos and keep up with the blog over the next 4 weeks to learn some helpful accessory drills to get your first strict muscle-up.

Yes, I did say STRICT muscle-up. Just like it's taught during the L1 certification, before you can even consider performing a kipping muscle-up, you need to be able to master it strict first.

The strict muscle-up is performed with the legs out straight and in front of the rings.

The strict muscle-up is performed with the legs out straight and in front of the rings.

We already discussed the importance of working strict before kipping for both the pull-up and handstand push-up, and the muscle-up is no different. If your muscles haven't developed the strength to perform it strict, it is risking injury to kip the movement.

Anyway, this week's video simply demonstrates the movement, and gives a few tips on why you might be struggling to get that first muscle-up. Try keeping your knuckles together until the rings reach your chest- people often break and pull the rings apart too early.

Stay tuned for drills and accessory skills to build strength and practice the transition and turnover!

If you have any questions, want more tips or simply want to chat, then email us using the button down below. 

Or if you're looking to find out more about the Muscle Up Progression, check out our friends at Man vs. Weight and their awesome blog post about it here! 

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