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Old 05-11-2005, 11:45 AM   #1
Brad Williams
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Okay, I think i did several muscle ups today but I need some feedback for confirmation. I have no rings so I was doing this on a pull up bar. I managed to pull my sternum to the bar without leaning into or resting my body weight on it. Upon reaching this point I seemed to always shift my weight to my right arm, then back to my left arm before performing the dip/press portion of the movement. Does this count or do both arms have to be at equal extension/flexion throughout the movement? I can see both arms being eqaul with rings but man, that seems tough with a straight bar.
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Old 05-11-2005, 12:28 PM   #2
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I don't have the authority or expertise to say for sure but that is the way I did my first muscle up and I called it one. However, when I got some rings it took a while to be able to perform the MU on the rings which was harder for me.
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Old 05-11-2005, 12:35 PM   #3
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Yeah, a gymnastics coach would squint his eyes at you, but you got it started. Ideally both the arms should look the same. Muscle up the way you are and do a nice slow negative with the proper form. You'll be doing them right in no time!
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Old 05-11-2005, 01:16 PM   #4
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I like Graham's advice. I would also try doing jump-to-supports and kip work.
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Old 05-11-2005, 04:50 PM   #5
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FWIW: In high school pole vault practice that was how the muscle up was done on the rings too; pullup, right elbow up then the left and push up to support. Our coach was by trade a shot put and discus coach...like I said, for what it's worth.
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Old 05-11-2005, 11:16 PM   #6
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As you get more efficient with the motion and stronger the one hand at a time thing will go away. I'm a gymnastics coach, and I'd call that one, though I'd also pester you about trying to do it correctly.
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Old 05-12-2005, 06:25 PM   #7
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Great, thanks for the feedback. I went back in to the gym today and tried to do a few more. With a bit of a kip I think I pretty much eliminated the shift from right arm to left arm. It is still there but definately much much less. Now if I could just do it for reps.....
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