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  1. Same. None here either. I was trying to explain my hypotheses. (I'm weird.) My bad, I just realized I always get caught up in these non-operational definitions of strength. The muscle-up seems to be particularly tricky, since it's barely a strength exercise to begin with and there are no clear standards. (Coach Sommer doesn't even consider it a skill.) I'm not sure whether it's supposed to be one smooth motion or a two-part move like a clean and jerk (in which case, would a pop-up be considered a muscle-up?). Thanks though, because this got me [over]thinking about muscle-ups. Civil. Yes... What are front tuck pulls and lat pulls? Have you tested your S&S lately? I thought I've lost my Simple, but I tested it yesterday and I apparently still have it, at an RPE of about 8. (WTH effect, I suppose.)
  2. Sometimes you just have to buck up and eat what you have scheduled. It's like training; you could enjoy working out, but even when you don't you still put in the work. Maybe it's half-assed, but you follow the program.
  3. Have you seen a doc about this? Maybe check if it's a hardware problem. Otherwise, you could try some Original Strength Resets and build up the strength from scratch. Or you could try GymnasticBodies' Foundation 1 program that gradually works from supported squat to deck squats.
  4. The stability makes the bar better for kipping. (The gymnastic "kip" itself is a skill performed on a bar.) The bar doesn't make you kip, but it does make you have to move your body around it. I haven't seen a strict, slow bar muscle up without the person doing a "situp" and piking to transition and get the weight over the bar, but it's relatively common with the rings due to the increased ROM in the dip portion. Assuming a slow movement with constant force application represents raw strength, and the goal is raw strength in the strict muscle-up, I would say rings definitely would be the better option. Kipping, being more power-based, requires more technique/coordination/timing and less raw strength--better practiced on the bar. So yeah, different tools for different goals.
  5. I'd say rings would be the winner for raw strength. The bar's stability allows force transfer from the hips, and lends better to kipping. But it doesn't really allow for the smooth transition between the push and the pull portion without having to maneuver one's body around the bar on the strict version (which I imagine would be more associated with raw strength)--it's like the difference between squatting on a Smith Machine vs. dumbells. I imagine raw strength is the primary reason why men perform on the still rings while women go on the uneven bars in artistic gymnastics.
  6. (It's the Vine of that Chipotle kid.) I'm wanting to get some myself right now, but I'm also debating Chick-Fil-A. Decisions... From what I gather the bar muscle-up lends really well to stronger pullers. A common problem I see on the rings is lack of dip ROM from shoulder extension, which really doesn't apply much on the bar. A false grip on the bar does develop a higher pull for an easier turnover. Tennis balls make it easier.
  7. Probably not. I've been doing them as well. Still the same dancer I've always been.
  8. Testing out some of the nootropics I sell. Does anyone have any experience objectively monitoring the efficacy of these? I was able to roll well for 15 minutes with the local UFC gym's head instructor, and I understood what the professor was talking about for the first time in my Graduate Research Methods class, but it all seems subjective and might be placebo. On the other hand, I could just take it as it is and eventually develop a Mentats addiction. Hopefully it increases CHA as well. Did some TGUs and deadlifts, and I hit my GB skills once. Also just got some BJJ in. Taught a kids class, and I'm teaching a pistol class and a kettlebell class later this week (separately). Appears to be a teaching week.
  9. Some people find bar easier than rings. I used to. But it's definitely harder to do strict on the bar. Yeah, I've been following him since 2013. Guy's younger than me, I think. He's either one of those physical freaks of nature, he used his economics background to manage compromises for many years, or [probably] both.
  10. I hate hollows. So much. They never get easier. Haha. I'm always trembling on the first set. But I'd say the worst one was the toes-to-bar with a 10-second negative, mostly because I felt my shoulders were going to pop off. I'm surprised I made it this far in life, given my executive functioning abilities. I'm supposed to graduate this semester and I'm still looking around when I'm in class thinking "What the hell am I doing here? I am a child." Haha
  11. Yeah, that's usually where I start everyone out at, then we adjust. It seems to be a good rule of thumb for someone new to work with. If you're already a proficient macro counter though you could play around a bit more with the ratios while you hit your deficit. For example when I'm trying to cut at 140 I'll try to go for around 2'000 cal. I take in 150g of protein, which would be 30% of my calories, then I try to take the other 30% from fat and 40% from carbs (without really fussing too much about it as long as I hit the protein and the calories). I also find that my body tends to lean out better on lower carbs but I don't want to lower the calories any more, so sometimes I'll up the protein a bit to 35%, the carbs to 25%, and the fat to 40%. BCAAs also seem to be a good muscle preserver when restricting calories.
  12. Wow. Awesome streak. (Partners even before Maverick and Goose were). [Belated] Happy Anniversary. How are you liking the reading? I've been putting it off because it's just a long wall of words. Haha. I've already been sold on the head nods, rolling, rocking, and crawling. I actually use his warmup a lot on my my classes with less mobile and coordinated students. (You'd be surprised at how many adults have forgotten how to coordinate their arm with the opposite leg when crawling. I have to remind myself periodically.)
  13. Nice. Yeah, if you have enough hip snap to swing it a bit over face level, you can probably snatch it. It's pretty much the same trajectory as the American Swing in CrossFit. Keep it close. You can drill it in front of a curtain or even a wall (that you don't mind banging-up). Actually you could probably snatch 53# 100 times in 5 minutes after hitting the Simple goal. Are you doing bar or ring muscle-ups? P.S. Did you know Max Shank is apparently ranked #11 in the Secret Service Snatch Test, with 248?
  14. BW is my jam. (That's how hip people say it, right?) Though my deadlift has taken quite a beating, so I'm going to start working on it again. Had to watch Eddie Hall's documentary on Netflix just to get me to load that bar back up. Haha ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- WEEK 1 summary, a mediocre week, I would say. Spent a lot of time with the family, so I can't say I wasted the week. Hit up the bent arm chin hangs and hollow holds twice, which are just horrible. I hate these long sets. Some handstand work, and the shoulder rolls are moving along--I just need to put the reps in. Put some deadlifts, swings, and snatches in there; and I was able to go to BJJ twice. I'll have to figure out how to arrange this hodgepodge of training modalities eventually. Mindtools has me doing an Interrupters Log, I guess so I become mindful of what or whom I stop my work for. Managed to put up two links on the Facebook, besides the Instagram videos and pictures. A bunch of assignments due tomorrow, a paper due on Thursday, and I'm teaching a kettlebell class on Saturday, so busy busy...
  15. Oh yeah that's a thing, but usually it comes with the whole 6 meals a day recommendation. So if you're having 3 meals and it's two palms (which would be around 6-8 ounces of meat) you'll probably end up exceeding the 1g per pound. Protein is usually the first thing we try to control with folks I work with; raising it seems to automatically lower their daily calories just because it makes them feel fuller.