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DogTown CrossFit Muscle-Up Drills by Dusty Hyland and Kelly Pearsall - CrossFit Journal

DogTown CrossFit Muscle-Up Drills

By Dusty Hyland and Kelly Pearsall

In Coaching, Gymnastics/Tumbling, Videos

February 01, 2011

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“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.

8min 01sec

Additional video: Why Gymnastics? by Jeff Tucker, published June 10, 2009.

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9 Comments on “DogTown CrossFit Muscle-Up Drills ”


Stephen Wakefoose wrote …

I got my 1st MU this year after struggling with shoulder issues. this is just another great drill to stregthen and work on. Great drill and vid!


Frank DiMeo wrote …

Very helpful, thanks!


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I liked it, I liked the parallettes as a scale/practice.


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Has anyone tried drills like this off of saw horses? Seems to be a similar height. Drill makes me think of getting out of the bathtub.

Thanks for the tips.


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i heart DogTown! go Kelly! go Dusty!


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Great Vid!


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spot on! love it Dusty!


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Great video, thanks!!


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Great instruction, thank you guys. Very impressive strength. Would love to see a video for those who can do false grip muscle ups to transition to the no false grip muscle ups - maybe just more practice for us trying to make the jump.

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