Thursday, October 28, 2010


     Good day to all, and what a wonderful Fall day we are having (It's good over here anyway). Alright, pleasantries aside, we have something to discuss. Today's society says that fake is just bad/weird: false eyelashes, spray on tan, fake nails... implants... the list goes on and on. But, there is something false that is good... that's right everyone... The False Grip!

Tada: the False Grip

     The False Grip is a must-have for achieving the highly sought after Muscle-up. I'm not going to go over Muscle-up progression (that may come later), so let's start with a good understanding of the setup.

     As you can see in the picture above, we don't need to hold onto the rings the same way we would the pullup bar. The weight is actually on the palm and the wrist, as opposed to the fingers. When you set this grip it is sometimes best to first lay your wrist on the rings and put your entire hand through the rings, see the picture below for my jumble of words to make sense.

Make sense now?
     Once we're here you just wrap your thumb back around, toward your arm, and the rest of your fingers will be on the other side (see the picture before this... yes, they're out of order). Then all that needs to take place is to grip the rings with you thumb and fingers, while keeping your palm and wrist laying on the rings... sounds simple right? Well, it is and it isn't. Just like trying something new (like the Hook Grip we talked about), it takes time to get used to it. This will cause a little discomfort in wrist area at first, maybe even a little skin-tearing will occur (get used to it!). So what kind of work can we do for our Flase Grip? Well simply use it when possible. Try these on for size:

  • Practice holding the False Grip for as long as possible
  • False Grip ring rows (getting you ready for...)
  • False Grip pullups (this helps toward Muscle-ups also)

     So let give this a try. Stop faking it and get your Flase Grip on... does that make sense? More fun to come in tomorrow's post.

3,2,1 GO!

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