CrossFit | The Kipping Pull-Up

The Kipping Pull-Up

ByCrossFit May 26, 2019

This “cheat” derives from a powerful and athletic reversal of hip direction — like that of the clean and the snatch — and expands the primary movers from just the back and arms down through the torso and hip to include the power zone. Far from being a cheat, kipping is a gateway skill with functional utility on the rings, parallel bars, high bar, and floor (the quickest way to get to your feet). Where most athletic communities avoid the kip, we go to great lengths to teach and learn it.

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Greg Glassman
January 4th, 2020 at 11:30 pm
Commented on: The Kipping Pull-Up

If you cannot do five consecutive strict muscle-ups, learning to kip is counterproductive. As an historical aside, I'd deemphasize the kipping pull-up were we to do things again.

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Jade Teasdale
January 5th, 2020 at 11:05 pm

I imagine you might feel the same with kipping HSPU?

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Greg Glassman
January 6th, 2020 at 4:38 pm

Basically, that is correct, Jade. The kipping pull-up is an ineluctable consequence of high rep strict pull-ups. Before an athlete gets to 40 pull-ups the kip arises spontaneously. It doesn't need to be taught and perhaps should not be.

My thoughts on the "kipping" HSPU can be found here:

I am not a fan of the "kipping" HSPU!

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