The Kipping Muscle-Up

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Originally published March 18, 2013.

Channeling the power of the hip can be tricky when it comes to the muscle-up.

“I think that most people understand you’ve got to have a good amount of pulling strength, full range, and a deep dip with a great amount of dipping strength. I think getting the hip involved to learn the kipping muscle-up is a little bit more complicated,” says gymnast and CrossFit Santa Cruz coach Laurie Galassi.

To help athletes understand how to get the hips involved, she has them lie on their backs, pull their knees into their chests and then explosively open their hips with their butts as high as possible.

“Imagine if you could freeze your hip at the height it’s at right now and sit yourself up over your hip—kind of like a reverse Slinky going up the stairs,”…

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