On the 1,000 muscle-ups challenge

كريغ: The 1,000 Muscle-ups Challenge is infamous and if you haven’t seen it we’ll link the video in the show notes. A lot of people I think mistake that as a suggestion for a way to train muscle-ups [00:00:30] and that’s clearly not what was going on. Can you unpack that a little bit for us?

كريس: نعم, basically we have stupid ideas lots of the time. This particular stupid idea happenedIt’s genesis was in Brazil as an entirely innocent, after-dinner conversation, where I believe Blane, Dan Edwardes, Stephane Vigroux, and Bruno, who was the actual Brazilian, and the reason the guys were out there, having a hypothetical [00:01:00] debate over whether one would prefer to do 10,000 pushups in a day or 1,000 muscle-ups in a day.

كريغ: I think I would prefer to be absent that day.

كريس: It’s an entirely interesting and hypothetical conversation.

كريغ: Or so you thought.

كريس: What harm can come from this? I didn’t get a say in this. I just get told about this I guess a few weeks later because during the course of this conversation Blane decides that 1000 muscle-ups in a day is clearly [00:01:30] less horrendous than 10,000 pushups in a day. And furthermore, he’s going to do it. At which point, Dan thinks it’s a great idea.

Great is probably putting words in his mouth. Dan is not willing to be left out of the idea at this point. If someone else is doing it, this is a great challenge. This is something to learn a bit more about yourself. Maybe you can do it, maybe you can’t. Let’s see what happens. Steph [00:02:00] agrees as well. Bruno, for his sins, also agrees to join in, and is a great help when we got around to the change a few months later, but probably spends more time with a camera than with a scaffolding.

كريغ: حق. What is the big event? What is the big takeaway aside from having done it? I think you’re one of the guys who actually finished it.

كريس: نعم. There were eight of us that decided to take this on in the end. Myself was number five. أندي بيرسون, one of the other tutors from London, joined [00:02:30] in as well. Who am I missing? Jun Sato

كريغ: أوه, حق.

كريس: He’s an amazing guy from Japan, who I think, over time some myths may grow up around this, but I’m pretty sure he delayed his flight so that he could stay in the country and do the challenge with us. Joe Boyle, who is another guy from London, coached with us, and he’s just a phenomenal athlete, especially when it comes to endurance and strength endurance challenges.

كريغ: حق. He’s figuring out the pace [00:03:00] and how to get it done.

كريس: نعم, كذلك, I don’t know if he knew how to get it done or at least innately knew how to get it done, but he bloody well got it done.

كريغ: A journey of 1000 muscle-ups begins with a single muscle-up.

كريس: نعم, and then a second and so on and so on until you hit 1000.

كريغ: Any particular takeaways from that other than you never want to do that again?

كريس: Which we will also return to. نعم. Actually, it [00:03:30] is possible. We’re talking with some of the other guys here at the gathering about challenges and is it a challenge if you know you can do it before you start?

كريغ: نعم. I heard someone say, “It takes a special skill to set a challenge for yourself that you’re unable to do,” and at first I was like, “بئر, لا, I could challenge myself to climb Mount Everest tomorrow,” but to actually set a challenge that you would actually attempt that you are unable to do is actually tricky. It’s like breaking [00:04:00] a jump in a way.

كريس: نعم, especially one that maybe you’re not able to do but you think there’s a possibility you might. In many ways, it is like breaking a jump. The jump won’t scare you if you can’t do it. Likewise, if you know for a fact you can’t do the challenge it’s not really a challenge because at no point do you have the intention to try and do it.

كريغ: To commit.

كريس: The problem is you need something that is conceivable enough that you’re going to go in with 100% intention to try and get it done but far enough away that you don’t go in 100% [00:04:30] sure it is going to get done. The combination of it being pitched at that level, the guys that were doing it, and I suspect on certainly my part and a few of the other guys, a little bit of hubris.

كريغ: أنا مثل, “He’s going to say hubris.

كريس: نعم. I think I realized somewhere in the middle of the challenge that I’d not necessarily bitten off more than I can chew but certainly stuffed a lot more in my mouth [00:05:00] than I was expecting. Then there’s all kinds of little moments throughout the day that made me think how much easier it was with other people around. I can’t say for sure but I’m 99% certain I would not have done 1000 muscle-ups that day if I’d been the only one doing it.

كريغ: نعم, what would the vision in your mind be? “I’m going to do 1000 muscle-ups in an empty …” it was basically like a gym. In an empty gym without any heat. It was in the winter. [00:05:30] That would be mind-boggingly demotivating to be by yourself.

كريس: As with more legends, I did hear tell [inaudible 00:05:39] one of the second-generation guys from Lisse in FranceHe either did 1000 or did 600 أو 800, or some phenomenal number, but on his own in a playground on a fairly thick bar. Just did three, walked to the other side of the playground, did three, و … [00:06:00] نعم. It goes to show the challenges that those guys would do to find out what they are capable of and to build what they were capable of.