On January 28 this happened.
After this frustrating miss Katie told me, I’m going to do dips for twenty days.
I didn’t think anything of it. As Mike Tyson famously said, everybody has a plan until they get punched in the face.
Then yesterday this happened.
Not only does Katie complete the muscle-up but she finishes in a technical front support, with shoulders out of ears.
How did you get so good at that, I asked?
I did dips for twenty days was her reply.
Actually there’s a little more to it than that. Yes, doing dips will help you with the muscle-up but what Katie didn’t do is as important as what she did do.
First, Katie did not make excuses. Much has been written here and elsewhere about excuses. I won’t retread that familiar territory. Suffice it to say, Katie did not make excuses. She handled her shit.
Second, Katie did not actually try to do muscle-ups. Someone said that repeating the same thing and expecting different outcomes is the definition of insanity. If you can’t do a muscle-up, no amount of desperate thrashing on the rings is going to help. Isolate the weakness that is holding you back and then hammer away at it until it is a strength. Katie had trouble finishing the dip portion of the muscle-up. So for twenty days she worked on dips. Now her front support is excellent and as a side-benefit, she can do muscle-ups.
Third, Katie did not stop at one rep. The video shown is actually her sixth or seventh muscle-up. I can’t count the number of people who lay claim to the muscle-up after doing it once. Sad to say, if you have done one muscle-up in your life, it was probably an accident. You have to be able to do it when you’re tired. What you can’t see in this video is that Katie had been squatting and shoulder-pressing for an hour before hitting the rings. This person really has a muscle-up.
When somebody does something amazing in the gym, you almost never get the back story. You don’t see all of the work that led up to the success. That’s why it’s so tempting to dismiss other people’s achievements. Oh she was a Division 1 thrower. He works out twice a day. He’s on steroids. etc.
I am here to tell you as someone who spends a lot of time in the gym that nothing ever comes easy for anybody. The people who make it look easy had to walk through a lot of punches.