Strength: noun. the ability to overcome.

“Fat Guy” Does Muscle Up

by GEOFFN on May 13

I’ve always been fascinated by the upper body strength of male gymnasts. These guys are studs. Their muscularity is phenomenal and their strength, well, absolutely amazing.


Unfortunately, I’ve always sucked at gymnastic type movements. Until recently.

(Ok, I still suck, but not as badly as I once did.)

I’ve always wanted to do a Muscle Up – where you hang from the bar and pull yourself on top of it in one quick motion/movement. But I could never do it.

I trained some components of it last summer – ring dips, and false grip ring pull ups, along with a bunch of L-Sit pull up and dip variations, but haven’t done much of them this year. Every once in awhile I’ll get a hankering and try this puppy. The closest I’ve gotten was while in Boston at the SFG in April. I haven’t tried it since then, until last Sunday. I went up the street to the park and just “did it.”

Here’s some video proof:

Just so you know, I’m not bragging. (Even though I am 40 and weigh 210 pounds. ;-) )

I believe you can do this sort of thing too – maybe you even have your own “muscle up” – that thing, that movement, exercise, or weight that eludes you no matter how hard you try to do it.

Maybe it’s a number on the Snatch Test.

Maybe it’s trying to get your 1/2 bodyweight press.

Maybe it’s just trying to get rid of a nagging injury or issue.

My point is, I’m not “special” – at least not in that way.

If I can do this sort of thing – you can too.

What’s my “secret?”

Well besides being bullheadedly stubborn to a fault, I’ve done nothing but use the resets found inside Original Strength.

Ok, that’s not totally true.

I have used some other stuff too.

But it’s all within Original Strength.

It’s been some of the regressions we teach at our workshops (and some advanced OS material).

What do some of those regressions look like and which are my favorites?

I’ll tell you more about them tomorrow. :-)

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