rings – muscle-up tutorials

The the best muscle-up tutorial on the internet was posted by a non-gymnast, Tyler Hass, on the Power Athletes Magazine site.

Tyler called muscle-up the one upper body exercise that reigns supreme.

Now, building on that article, strength guru James Bathurst posted an exhaustive tutorial on his excellent Beast Skills site. Once again we gymnastics coaches have been bettered at our own game.

Of course James takes a fitness rather than a gymnastics approach. You need not keep your feet together and feet pointed on his drills.

From his long tutorial, here are a few visual highlights:


With beginners, I always introduce the skill on the very end of the Parallel Bars. It is easier to learn the false grip and the “outward” action of the elbows there.

His tutorial includes that drill as well, but on a machine in a weight room on the chin-up handles of a squat rack.


In the culture of men’s gymnastics, you are nothing until you can get above the rings by yourself.

LATER … you need to do muscle-up on a bar.


What really caught my eye, however, was muscle-up on a bar in UNDERGRIP. I’d never seen it before.

Check the tutorial for yourself – The Muscle-Up – Beast Skills

I’ve seen a few female gymnasts do muscle-up, but not many. I’d love to get a video clip of a girl doing it on rings.

10 reasons for NCAA popularity

The perfect 10 blog posted this list in 2005 assessing why College girls can draw a bigger crowd than almost any other gymnastics competition.

Top Ten Reasons Why Women’s NCAA Gymnastics is So Popular

1. Crowd involvement.

2. The enthusiasm & emotion of the athletes.

3. The floor routines. The choreography and crowd appeal of women’s NCAA floor routines is unsurpassed.

4. The ease with which the audience can understand the scores.

5. The artistry & beauty of the gymnastics.

6. Team loyalty.

7. Stuck landings.

8. Most of the athletes are older.

9. Fan base.

10. Television coverage.

perfect 10 » Top Ten Reasons Why Women’s NCAA Gymnastics is So Popular

A more recent post lists the top 10 highlights of NCAA Women’s Championships in Salt Lake City 2007.


I am on my way to the Canadian Gymnastics Championships in Regina, population 180,000. Lets see what kind of audience we attract.

gymnast hands

Originally uploaded by la_mamacita_81.

“The chipped nail polish says ‘third-grader,’ but the callouses and rips and uncanny grace say ‘competitor.’

She qualified for the competition months ago, and the exhale and jubilation after that triumph were brief. Now the days are few and the pressure is on. I try to minimize it for her, keep it in perspective, but she feels tenfold of whatever nerves I’m feeling at any given time. ”

amputee sprinter: Disabled or Too-Abled?

Amanda Sciandra wrote with an excellent question:

What Olympic-level athlete isn’t an anomaly of the human species?

She was referring to the case of a para-olympic amputee Oscar Pistorius of South Africa who wants to compete in the Olympics. Not the Paralympics. The Olympics.

The “fastest man on no legs”, his times are already good enough to qualify for his country competing against so-called able-bodied athletes.

Sole of Africa

Amanda asks:

If a GENETIC defect or anomaly (such as with Lance Armstrong) that makes an athlete almost super-human can pass by Olympic regulations, why can’t a double amputee with prosthetics? Don’t both have unfair advantages?

I am NOT saying neither should be allowed to be Olympic athletes. But where should we draw the line?

Anything that makes “normal” humans lose? What is “normal”? And why define it? (This notion actually scares me.)

I’m happy NOT to be on the Technical Committee ruling on cases like this either, Amanda.

In any case, it seems Oscar will be denied his chance :

Track and field’s world governing body, based in Monaco and known by the initials I.A.A.F., has recently prohibited the use of technological aids like springs and wheels, disqualifying Pistorius from events that it sanctions. A final ruling is expected in August.

The International Olympic Committee allows governing bodies to make their own eligibility rules, though it can intervene. Since 2004, for example, transgender athletes have been allowed to compete in the Olympics.

News- Amputee Sprinter: Is He Disabled or Too-Abled? – AOL Sports

What kind of “disabled” gymnast would have an advantage? On rings, for example?

Who remembers Jim Holt, the one-legged gymnast? (I’m still ticked-off with Francis Tally for deducting him for “missing scissors” on pommel horse.)

video – Grace Taylor – Shannon Miller

I had never heard of Grace Taylor before the NCAA Championships.

She immediately caught my eye, a favourite of the audience as well.

A rookie with Florida, defending Champions Georgia, people know her NOW after a Silver on Beam in Salt Lake City and an interview by Shannon Miller.

Click PLAY or watch Grace on YouTube.

See more of Shannon’s online TV show on cn8.tv.

By the way, Is Shannon great, or what?

She’s most decorated American gymnast ever with 7 Olympic medals and 9 Worlds medals. Though gymnast are notoriously anaerobic, Shannon ran the 2006 New York Marathon in 4:17.

She’s got her own TV show, Gymnastics USA with Shannon Miller, on CN8, The Comcast Network.

Now, she and Peter Korman are heading up Texas Sports Ranch summer gymnastics camp.


ShannonMiller.com – official website

Rhythmic Gymnastics in Second Life?

FaerieDevilish posted a Second Life gymnastics image, the first I have heard about. (Not being a Second Life player.)

She’s from Mexico, known as Mariel V in-world.

I will have fun playing around with Photoshop and this snapshot; meanwhile, the whole magic relies on the light particles and her grace.

Your world, your flexibility, your imagination 🙂

(pssst: it’s a ring split leap)

…Rhythmics in SL? II on Flickr


video – amazing acrobatic shadow puppets

This video has been circulating the internet via email.

Click PLAY or watch the video clip on YouTube.

Thanks Dave.

UPDATE: This is the award winning Pilobolus Dance Theater out of Connecticut.

Click PLAY to see them in a commercial for the Hyundai Sante Fe or watch it on YouTube. (Hey Hyundai, great viral marketing!)

Thanks dirtypandabear.

gymnastics credit card

In Canada you can sign up for a gymnastics credit card with a percentage of the revenue going back to support the Associations.

Mosaik MasterCard is a card like no other because you’re like no other customer. Customize your card with the rewards, interest rate plan, protection and services you want while still getting the included features you need.

BMO Bank of Montreal – Mosaik MasterCard

$80 annual fee applies to the Gold Reward Option.

$25 annual fee applies to the Low Rate Option. Ongoing interest rate, payment period and annual fee are subject to change.


Seems like a good fund-raiser. Leave a comment if you have signed on and have some feedback.

Or if you have seen similar credit card plans.