You may remember a famous scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom where Jones wants to get back home, but the elder in a small village demands that he stop off in a different town not even along the way to where Jones is trying to go.
So it was for me last night. I am super excited to report that I did my first official muscle up. I did this on rings having only touched rings once or twice in my life. I did this without training specifically for it. I did this essentially as a sideline "maybe I should give this a try". In truth, I have been working on the one arm chinup for awhile now, and if you do it correctly you will gain other benefits along the way long before you get a one arm chin. Namely, your pulling strength goes through the roof. So since I felt like my pulling strength was satisfactory, I wanted to try a muscle up. Real gymnastics-style muscle ups are done on rings and allow for proper natural rotation of the arms in the shoulder. No kipping, and a false grip is required to allow for pushing from a very-low dip position once you've pulled your hands to your breast. It's a skill. It's a skill that also requires strength.
I'd like to thank my trainer Daniel Spencer for his assistance in this and in my handstand progression. It's a long journey and I'm thankful to have found some exceptionally knowledgeable folks along the way to help.