Originally Posted by Sean Dunston
I did one the first time I tried, and that was about 3 months into CF. The owner of my affiliate asked me to try it one night, and sure enough, I got on the rings, tried and succeeded.
A friend at my gym who could do way more pull ups than I could, had lower body fat, was a much faster runner, etc., failed and failed for a while at trying to get them. But once he got the first one, he quickly got multiples.
PS; my first several MUs were dead hang too - I didn't learn to kip into them until about 2 months later.
That was my experience too. I don't have access to rings, but once I had 10 strong dead-hang pullups, I started working weighted pullups. I got up to 6 reps with 35 lbs (+ bodyweight 155 = 190), and tried a bar muscleup. I was successful during my first session (success on 3 out of about 10 attempts). I hadn't learned to kip yet (still haven't, really), so while there was kicking and struggling, there was no leg swing momentum to start out.
I've seen much more progress since I started repping weighted dead-hang pullups with a strong focus on pulling as far above the bar as possible (til my head hits the ceiling in my case
Been CrossFitting since 3/7 of this year - no strength training background (mountain biker/trail runner). Absolutely loving it.