Pegboard Muscle-Ups Are the New Gymnastic Challenge

When it debuted at the 2015 Reebok CrossFit Games, the peg board threw some athletes for a loop. (Of course, it didn’t help that their grip was already shot after nearly a week of tough, grip-intensive workouts.) But in time since, the board has become a staple of training for top functional fitness athletes.

But our guess is (and this is really up to Dave Castro more than anyone) we haven’t seen the final evolution of pegboard challenges. Instagram ninja Bryce Taylor recently demonstrated a pegboard muscle-up, and the video got us thinking: Is this something we might eventually see in the CrossFit Games?

From Taylor’s Instagram post:

#ninjascaling the pegboard a while back. How do I stay motivated? To be honest I really don’t. If I went hard only on the days I felt like it than majority of the time I’d be at home chilling. There is no secret to staying motivated, the real secret is to never rely on it. I didn’t make it through 4th grade math because I simply “wanted to be there every day”. Forget motivation, work on instinct. “Train behavior until it becomes instinct. And instinctively operate off of trained behavior”. #motivationMonday

This, of course, begs the question: Are there top Games athletes who can do this right now? Or is the movement simply too advanced to throw into workouts at the moment?

Of course, if you or someone you know has mastered pegboard muscle-ups, we want to know! Post a link to the video or send it our way.

Featured image: @brycetay_the_vero 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.

David is a proud Kentucky native. In his free time, David is a voiceover actor and can be heard in animated films, independent shorts, music videos, commercials, and podcasts.

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