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Perfecting the Kipping Pull Up

Let’s take a break from recipes and talking about food.  Let’s focus on the kipping pull up.  Practice makes perfect!  We can all learn from the pros when it comes to the kipping pull up.  There are many methods to the pull up including strict, butterfly, kipping and others, however the kipping pull up is a CrossFit staple.  Below please read an excerpt from CrossFit founder Greg Glassman on the kipping pull up:

“The default CrossFit pull-up, however – a violent, kipping, “anyhow” pull-up – has few supporters even among pull-up connoisseurs. Ours has always been the “cheating” pull-up.

Kipping comes in a myriad of styles, and each athlete has a signature kip, but in its most elegant form the kip is a transference of movement first generated in the horizontal plane, where it comes cheap and easy, to the vertical plane, where momentum and a perfectly timed pull from the back launch the athlete forcefully upward.

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.”

Below is a video from CrossFit games competitor Jason Khalipa.

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