Muscle Up Madness – How to Make It Through the Struggle Part 2

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As we discussed in My Fairy Tale Journey to Getting a Muscle Up, I am a bit frustrated. Okay a lot more than a little bit. I have dedicated hours and hours to muscle up attempts and practice, and the closest I have come is getting both arms over the ring in the transition, but have been unable to get my body leaned forward over the rings enough to dip out of the muscle up. While I know this is supposed to be one of those fairy tale muscles up stories you see on Facebook, it’s not. Well at least not yet. I’m a work in progress, but I am starting to think my head is playing games with me.


The Mental Aspect of the Muscle Up

I am starting to realize the mental struggle of the muscle up and it’s progression. I have always been successful in sports, basketball, softball, volleyball…you name it, and I was at the top of my game. In fact, I even played 4 years at San Jose State on scholarship!


The bottom line, I should be able to do this Muscle Up thing!


After roughly 10 plus hours of attempting and working on Muscle Up progressions I feel a little defeated. I should be able to do this, I’m strong enough. I can do strict pull-ups, weighted pull-ups, chest to bar pull-ups,etc…

I have listed to Carl Paoli religiously, and have watched YouTube videos of muscle up tips in the car, on lunch at work, and even in a bathtub. Yes I said it; you know you do it to!

Now, I am not a whiner. I am determined to get a muscle up and I will, it’s only a matter of time. But I wanted to reach out to those who are in the same boat, or who have experienced the mental struggle of doing a muscle up.


Think Positive

I’m currently in the process of reading an amazing book called the “happiness project.” It’s not a book for athletes, or CrossFitters in fact it’s for anyone who just wants happiness in their life. In the book the author talks about making up your mind to feel a certain way and you will. It works! I have decided to change my perspective on muscle ups.


Instead of thinking like this:

“I can’t get these, I won’t get a muscle up, and I can’t.”


I have switched my mindset to:

“I will get a muscle up. It’s only a matter of time. I’m only one attempt away from a success!”


This new mantra is helping me stay more patient and keep my spirits up. Hopefully it helps you or someone you might know. Plus it can be applied to anything. If you’re tired and really want to have energy, then act like you are energized. Do the things you would if you had energy and soon you will get a rush and really feel how you want to.

My Muscle-Up Stats so Far:

  • I can do 5 consecutive dips on the rings for 5 sets.
  • I have made it over the rings once or twice with both arms flipping over to dip position.
  • I can false grip and my kip is better. But needs to be faster
  • I have flexibility for the movement now, and I just need to get my hips to pop faster and pull lower.


I will be tracking my progress until I get these blasted muscle ups, and I would love input. Be critical if you like, I can handle it. Guys and Gals are welcome to comment.

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A little more about Natasha Hawkins...

Experience: Division 1 Fastpitch Softball player at San Jose State. Degree: B.S in Marketing and Advertising Certifications: Certified Level 1 CrossFit Trainer Interests: She loves the way the brain works and how personalities and attitude can create a warrior of an athlete that will always persevere and make success for themselves. While she is not a certified nutritionist she studies and practices the Paleo diet and Zone eating. Quirk: I am an avid archer and hunter. Yup, it's true. I have shot archery since I could walk, and hunted with my Dad since I was born. I also have a sister (Cheridan Hawkins) who is a stud pitcher for the Oregon Ducks Softball Team and is on the Junior Olympic Team. My youngest sister Charli Hawkins trains with me at CrossFit and is also a catcher on the 12U California Grapettes. Follow Natasha on Twitter: @NatashaBHawkins