Keeping in the spirit of Valentine’s Day, I’m going to show some love to my other coaches. We have a great team at Nika. If you’ve been in, then you’ve seen it, you know what I’m talking about. If not, well read on.
Yesterday, Coach Dave shared a post about how Greg Glassman (the reason we have CrossFit) wishes he had devalued kipping pull ups in the beginning. Then Coach Jess replied, “Louder for the people in the back with shoulder injuries.” Why does this matter? What does any of this have to do with our amazing coaches? It shows they care about you. They want you to grow and develop as an athlete in the healthiest way possible without hindering yourself.
Now a little something about me, I can kip. I have managed five kipping pull ups in a row. I cannot do a strict pull up. In the beginning of my CrossFit journey, strict pull ups were not emphasized, we were taught kipping mechanics, and I viewed kipping as a way to do a pull up without the actual strength for one, hoping the strength would develop along that way. It hasn’t and it won’t.
If you’ve read any of the articles or watched the videos about Glassman’s take on kipping, you would see that kipping pull ups are for excessive pull ups. When you have the capacity for higher reps of pull ups, you would develop kipping to enable you to get through them quicker.
Thus your Nika coaches care about you. They want you to develop the strength for pull ups before you start kipping and potentially injure yourself.
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