Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Muscle Up



It took me 3 months to be able to get to this point (not seriously working at it but going out and training it every other day). When I started I was able to do 15-20 pullups and 25 dips.  I started with explosive pullups to my chest and then some kipping and finally working on strength in the transition point between the pullup and the dip.

I was able to get 2 (ugly) muscleups. My next goal is to refine this to strict non-kipping muscleups and eventually (on parallel bars) transition to a handstand.

Why do this? Recently my gym membership expired and since my whereabouts might be unknown in the next year I've decided to avoid re-upping for another year. In the meantime I'm exploring some creative ways to stay fit without it. MMM has a great article on not needing to go to gyms. I do miss doing deadlifts but for now I'm going to completely avoid the gym and work on balance and core strength. I'm mainly going to be working on handstands and muscle ups not because they are necessary the most efficient to stay in shape, but because they are fun and I'd like to see how far I can go in that arena.