Motor Potential, Technical Mastery and The Muscle Up

You either care about doing a muscle up, or you don’t. And either way is fine with me.

It’s a cool goal for some people, and something that doesn’t even register for others.

No matter where you fall on the matter, however, you’ll get something out of this article I just wrote for Breaking Muscle.

For starters, I go over the difference between motor potential and technical mastery, and explain why motor potential has to come first.  This is something everyone needs to understand.

I also lay out 2 four week programs that’ll get your pull up and dip really strong (#winning).

Be sure to check it out here:

The Key To Conquering the Elusive Muscle Up

Header Photo Credit:  Crossfit New England

Mastering the 1-Arm Dumbbell Row

The 1-arm DB row is one of the greatest bang for your buck exercises you can be doing. For me it falls right up there with other big bang exercises like the squat, deadlift and press. Unfortunately, the 1-arm dumbbell row often gets overlooked because it’s deemed too “simple” and maybe even boring. It’s just human nature to favor the new over the old, and to always be looking for new and shiny ways to improve x, y or z, but I’m here to tell you to keep it simple.

If you want to get strong, if you want to get jacked, if you want to increase your performance in other lifts, then you need to be implementing the 1-arm dumbbell row.

That’s a quick snippet from an article I just wrote for Muscle and Strength on mastering the 1-arm DB row.

And when I say master, I mean master.  When you’re done reading the article you should be a rowing expert.  Well maybe not an expert because you’ll need some practice, but you’ll definitely be in the top 1% of people when it comes to knowing what the lift is and how to perform it correctly.

Seeing as the 1-arm DB row is one of the greatest bang for your buck exercises you can (and should) be doing, I highly recommend you head over and check it out:

Mastering the Dumbbell Row