“Today, we’re going to show you a couple drills we’ve developed to help you get you through that transitional phase,” says Dusty Hyland, co-owner of DogTown CrossFit in Culver City, Calif. He’s joined by fellow coach Kelly Pearsall, and together they provide some gymnastics tips that will help you develop your muscle-up.
The coaches start their drills at the parallettes and work on the pulling-to-pushing transition. The next step is trying the drill on the parallel bars, gradually working from feet on the ground to feet off the ground. Finally, the athlete can progress to low rings for some band-assisted muscle-up practice.
“You want to have a band that’s going to challenge you,” Pearsall says.
“At the end of the day, if the drill is way too easy, if you’re getting up there with no problem, it’s not going to help you. You need to find one that’s going to make you work for it,” Pearsall says.
Additional video: Why Gymnastics? by Jeff Tucker, published June 10, 2009.