This week, on April 1st, I officially decided to start trying for the elusive Muscle Up. I set a goal for myself, back on my 33rd birthday, to have this accomplished by my 34th birthday. I figured, since nearly 6 months have gone by…. I should get a move on. It’s not going to just magically appear one day.
I know I have all the “pieces” of a muscle up… so now I just have to make the magic happen and string them all together.
Here’s a video from my third day attempts. I’ve also decided to take a note from some of the other girls at the box – who once they decided they wanted to work on their muscle ups, did not stop – and many of them ended up injured. I allow myself 2-3 solid attempts per day (that I’m at the box) in order to avoid injury and burnout. I don’t know if this is good or bad, but so far… I’ve had 4 day (11 attempts) and I can feel things already getting better.
Surely it won’t be long now!
I’ve watched my own video, and many others like it, many in slow motion. And I know that I’m not getting up and over and all the way through. One of my friends, Stacy, who recently got her first muscle up – here’s a screen shot of her awesome transition position. It really is the worlds biggest, most violent sit up. See how she’s looking down at the ground…. I need to do that.
And While we’re on the subject, here is Camille from the CrossFit Games. Slow Motion Muscle up. My coach tells me that she is very inefficient, but I think it looks beautiful.