Originally Posted by NewYorkRanger
Thats life innit? I see these kids doing muscle ups like its nothing at the park by me, one after the other after the other. My bad arm won't even let me do one. I will be trying the one arm pull up though (which I also saw at my gym once) but with my weaker arm (my left) because my strong arms wouldn't be able to take it. We'll see how this goes...lol.
We can pretend to have that old man strength though, an that J-O-B strength, though, honestly, the strength gained from writing on a chalkboard all day, or sitting behind a computer would probably put us somewhere in the bottom quintile of the population (i.e. those making middle to UMC salaries in NYC are only stronger than those who eat cheetos in a depression all day, and end up on Biggest Loser (or Fat Chef, which had to be the worse reality show concept either).
FWIW, though, a guy originally from our little fight gym here in Moscow, ID, is on the newest Ultimate Fighter show. He is not the smartest guy in the world, but he is definitely among the more forward looking, business savvy, educated, fighters, I know, competing at the highest level while actually owning a business. Won his first fight on Friday - Bristol Marunde. Tons of heart. Disciplined fighter. Good learner and good listener. Not a trash-talker. So, this town, and the surrounding area (the last TUF winner trains out of Spokane, about 1.5 hours from here), is actually full of some legitimately tough guys. And not "mean mugging, lots of scary tats, and big muscles, tough, either. Disciplined, fighting tough, which is much harder to be.
Muscle ups are tough, but it's really in the movement. Gymnasts do them with absolutely zero issues. It's a lot of upper body strength + core. Like most things, you start doing them, and you can continue. It's just a matter of getting your muscles (especially the small, stabilizing ones) to cooperate at the beginning.