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Zachary Hany 06-01-2005 03:53 AM

Just wanted to write a quick thank you to Matt G. for posting the muscleup video. I think I finally understand how to do the false grip on a bar. I believe I saw that there were still a couple people that had questions, so I thought I’d throw in my bit to try and explain it, or to be corrected.

Pretend that there is a window sill, roof, or anything that you want to climb on top of. To get the most advantageous false grip you would want to jump up place the palm of your hand flat on the surface. That way the entire hand would be 90 degrees to the wrist.

To do it on the bar just place your hands so that the bar would be right at the wrist joint.

I also tend to think of how my hands are when I push myself out of the swimming pool. You could probably practice the negative into a pool if you wanted to, at least for the dip part.

Haven’t gotten the MU yet, but hopefully will soon. I hope that makes some sense to someone. If I am way off base with my understanding, someone please correct me.

Matt Gagliardi 06-01-2005 05:27 AM

I think another way to look at it is to try and imagine that you have (sick I know) no hands.

James Falkner 06-01-2005 07:07 AM


Also agree your video was excellent for teaching the bar MU. Question.. is the false grip you use on a bar the same one that you'd use on rings when doing an MU? I've heard in several places that you must 'master the false grip' if you are to get a decent ring MU.

Zachary Hany 06-01-2005 07:19 AM

Actually I think that is a good way to think about it. If you still had your hand, but no fingers or thumbs to grip with that is pretty much how you would try and grab hold of something.

Matt Gagliardi 06-01-2005 07:41 AM

James, false grip on the rings is a bit different. Same idea, but different feel (IMO). When I do false grip on a bar I'm really exaggerated about it, but on rings it's more subtle.

I know, not very clear. What can I tell's a feel thing.

Graham Tidey 06-01-2005 07:58 AM

Am I a complete mong? Why can't I find Matt's video?

I've searched "false video" "false mu grip" "muscle matt" (personal fave) etc etc.

I'm going to paw inanely at the keyboard soon.

Peter Galloway 06-01-2005 08:05 AM

Go to the main page, scroll down to last Saturday's WOD ("Lynne"), look just above the comments, and hey presto - Matt Gagliardi's pull-up bar muscle-up!

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