CrossFit Games Athlete Zeke Grove Does 30 Unbroken Ring Muscle-Ups

Zeke Grove qualified for his first CrossFit Games appearance in 2016 out of the hyper-competitive Pacific Region. Grove — one of only a handful of athletes to complete every workout at the 2016 Regionals — has always been comfortable with the gymnastic elements of fitness, and when it comes to most bodyweight movements, he’s generally toward the top of the pack in terms of endurance and cycle time.

Recently, his coach and mentor Darren Coughlan — founder of CrossFit Newcastle, GCS Training, and the GCS Podcast — brought our attention to Grove’s most recent accomplishment: 30 unbroken ring muscle-ups, which he completed as the first part of a “45 muscle-ups for time” workout.

Check out the full 30 unbroken reps below, embedded from our Facebook account. Is Zeke Grove the first Games athlete to complete this many ring muscle-ups unbroken? Let us know in the comments below if someone beat him to it — only if it’s verified on film, that is!

Featured image: @zekegrove on Instagram

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and, as well as a contributor to, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

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