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Old 08-28-2008, 03:12 PM   #1
Al Canete
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Muscle Ups

A few of questions here:

1. Is it just me, or do most people have a hard time even managing one rep?

2. I don't have access to rings on a regular basis. Is there an alternate exercise or combination of exercises that might effectively come close to simulating the movements and intensity of muscle ups?

3. On the other hand, does anybody know of a good place to get a set of rings and the hanging straps for them? Maybe I could donate a set to my local gym (if allowed). They don't have a chin up bar either. Mostly, all they have are expensive machines and gimmicky devices.

Yeah I know, egregious.


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Old 08-28-2008, 03:20 PM   #2
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Re: Muscle Ups

1. Lots of average adults can't even do a pullup. So yes, muscle-ups are hard for beginners. However they are considered an A-Level gymnastics skill, so for someone who specializes in gymnastics they should be fairly simple. Though once you get one rep, the rest aren't nearly as difficult. It's the initial strength barrier that prevents most from attaining the elusive MU.

2. You could try muscle-ups on a bar (search the threads on this). Or you could try a combination of pullups and dips with 10-20% of your bodyweight added. Other than that, there is little replacement.

3. Search for Elite Rings and Rogue Rings. You can order them online.


Your first priority though, should be to find a straight bar. Essential for CF!
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Old 08-28-2008, 07:43 PM   #3
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Re: Muscle Ups

you can make some excellent rings out of pvc pipe and rope for about 25 bucks. and that isn't something im just making up either ive done it myself took less than an hour and hold up amazingly. there are some directions here on the site, i think they are in the equipment section. but you'll need a pull up bar first though.
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Old 08-29-2008, 08:34 PM   #4
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Re: Muscle Ups

You will need to make some curved pvc rings to be able to do MU.

If you do not have a pullup bar at home, you can get some rings and go to a local swing set or football or soccer field goal. Or you can get some sort of home pullup bar system to hang them from.
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Old 08-29-2008, 08:50 PM   #5
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Re: Muscle Ups

1) Muscle-ups are really easy. I don't know what your problem is.

Okay, but seriously, they are difficult to get, even with kipping allowed. If you look up "Crossfit Evolution," Leonid Subbotine (spelling?) put up a video on the rowing muscle-up, an exercise which I would consider fairly useful in developing the full muscle-up. They get easier after you make it the first time, like Shane said.

Edit: Here's the vid - http://crossfitevolution.com/blog/?p=3 wfs

2) Elite rings.

3) Why donate rings to a globo-gym when you can just keep the Elite Rings (look into those) for your own use? If they're interested in getting rings for their clients, they have quite enough money for it. Of course, I won't stop you from being generous, if that's what you want to do...
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Old 08-31-2008, 02:02 PM   #6
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Re: Muscle Ups

I'm going to get a set of rings and start practicing. Thanks for the link to the video.
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Old 08-31-2008, 04:19 PM   #7
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Re: Muscle Ups

Ring muscle-ups are a lot easier to me than a bar muscle-up. Just practice ring dips along with the transition and you'll get it in no time.
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Old 08-31-2008, 06:57 PM   #8
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Re: Muscle Ups

Al,

1) I can't do one yet. :<

2) Get your own, find a tree / swing set / etc.

3)
xtreme rings
rogue rings (I have these)
elite rings

All are supposed to be pretty nice.
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Old 08-31-2008, 09:13 PM   #9
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All links are wfs.. sorry for forgetting that (as usual..)
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Old 08-31-2008, 10:19 PM   #10
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Just ordered a set of elite rings with straps for $69 on Ebay.
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