Muscle up is a great exercise that allows you to quickly get over the bar. It is an iconic move in street workout or calisthenics and it just looks awesome. A lot of beginners have a hard time learning it though so in this video I’m gonna tell you why is that and how get over that issue. So why can’t you do a muscle up? The answer is very simple, cause you’re a pussy. Ok, but there’s another reason that we can actually do something about. First of all you have to acknowledge that there are 2 types of muscle up. There’s a pure strength muscle up and there’s a dynamic or gymnastic muscle up. The strength one is based on the premise, that you generate so much velocity from the pull up that it shoots you vertically upwards to a point where you can throw your elbows above the bar and push up. I would show you a really good strength muscle up myself, but I have some pain in my ankle, so you know… I’m not gonna risk it. This kind of muscle up is quite advanced, because you must have a lot pulling strength. You have to be able to do very high pull ups, at least to a point where the bar touches your sternum. or preferably even lower. This can be practiced by doing explosive pull ups, but usually takes months of training to achieve. Now. let’s talk about the second type which can be called dynamic or gymnastic muscle up. It’s also a way to get over the bar, although using not pure strength, but a sequence of dynamic moves that eventually gets your body to the same position. Generally speaking you use your legs to create the momentum and then transfer it on your upper body to easily get over the bar pretty easily. This type of muscle up requires significantly less strength but you have to learn the technique, which also takes some practice. For a more detailed breakdown of the technique check out the tutorial I made for that skill. With that said, the muscle up can be shown on a graph where on the one end of horizontal axis you have the pure strength muscle up and dynamic on the other. Everything in between is a combination of those two. The vertical axis shows the difficulty of the given variation of the muscle up. Pure strength muscle up is the hardest, because as I already said you need a lot of strength to do it. Pure dynamic muscle up isn’t the easiest either, because it needs the perfect technique. However, somewhere in between those two you have your sweet spot, where getting over the bar is the easiest, where getting over the bar is the easiest, and a little bit of swinging technique. These muscle ups look like this. You use all the pulling strength you have and add just a little bit of swing to be able to clear the rep. A lot of beginners see those advanced guys on youtube doing pure strength muscle ups and just try to imitate what they’re doing, which is pulling up high enough to be able to get over the bar, but will most certainly fail. In theory you could get there by just doing pull ups trying to pull yourself up higher and higher until you’re able to throw your elbows above the bar, but that would take ages. The sad thing about the muscle up is, that you can’t do a half rep. You either do it or you don’t. If you’re not successful over and over again it’s very discouraging. On the other hand, if you do succeed even with a sloppy form, it’s highly motivating. So as a beginner you should be aiming at doing the easiest variations of the skill by learning the basics of the swinging technique to get to your first successful attempts as quick as it is possible. Then you can start improving the technique and building strength to steadily move towards the pure strength or pure dynamic variation of the muscle up, depending on your goals. Now turn off the computer and go practice. You’re not gonna learn it by watching tutorial videos over and over again.