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Old 06-14-2011, 06:39 AM   #1
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Handstand Push Ups-Kipping yay or nay?

I just watched 17 mins of video with Tucker and am pretty sure I get his perspective. What are your thoughts about the legitimacy of kipping HSPU when doing a WOD for time. Do you think HQ needs to establish a standard for general use?
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Old 06-14-2011, 09:19 AM   #2
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Re: Handstand Push Ups-Kipping yay or nay?

I don't like them, but I guess if the standards of the competition allow them then it makes sense to do them. I wouldn't do them in training though, that would be like adding in a few push presses so I hit all 5 reps on a 3x5 press day...it's not going to help much in terms of getting you the strength you need.

Speaking of...how's your strength progression going?
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Re: Handstand Push Ups-Kipping yay or nay?

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Speaking of...how's your strength progression going?
It's been shotty so far. Trying to get in the groove with the kids home. I had hoped to start yesterday, but after doing 100 BW back squats Friday and the Warrior Dash Sat I was only able to do some presses yesterday. Hope to get rolling soon though, thank you! I am sure I'll be picking your brain!

I went with the kip for Diane this morning and finished respectably I think.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:10 PM   #4
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Re: Handstand Push Ups-Kipping yay or nay?

Kipping or no kipping, the problem with the HSPUs is that the standard for ROM is crap. With wide hand placement some competitors move 3-4" tops. Head to floor on 8-10" parallettes or with a similar stack of plates on each side would do the movement better justice.
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Re: Handstand Push Ups-Kipping yay or nay?

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Kipping or no kipping, the problem with the HSPUs is that the standard for ROM is crap. With wide hand placement some competitors move 3-4" tops. Head to floor on 8-10" parallettes or with a similar stack of plates on each side would do the movement better justice.
We use 25+ plates with an abmat between them. Head has to touch the abmat so it must break parallel plane. I guess the standard varies from box to box though.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:34 PM   #6
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Re: Handstand Push Ups-Kipping yay or nay?

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We use 25+ plates with an abmat between them. Head has to touch the abmat so it must break parallel plane. I guess the standard varies from box to box though.
This still allows for fairly wide hand placement. A few of the regional update videos show a few competitors rocking out HSPU's with a tiny ROM with this same setup that you're talking about.

Kipping the HSPU's doesn't really change the range of the movement, so I don't see a problem with it, but when I see people dropping from lock out onto the top of their head just to put their knees to their chest and flop back up, I cringe.

I'm of the opinion that the only real HSPU is a strict HSPU, but that's the same argument tons of non CF'ers make against kipping pull ups, which I condone.. so I guess I'm just a walking contradiction.
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Old 06-14-2011, 12:35 PM   #7
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Re: Handstand Push Ups-Kipping yay or nay?

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We use 25+ plates with an abmat between them. Head has to touch the abmat so it must break parallel plane. I guess the standard varies from box to box though.
Yeah what I'm saying is that standard is poor also. You've essentially raised the floor in order to provide a cushy landing pad for the head without making it even shorter ROM (i.e. if you had the mat without the plates). 2-3 45# plates on each side with an abmat in the middle would be acceptable. Yes I know most people can barely do regular short ROM HSPUs. Scaling will always be there, but the goal should eventually be the same as Ring MU-HSPU or full ROM barbell press: hand to shoulder.

Anyhow, about the kipping, let 'em kip if it's a WOD.
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Yeah what I'm saying is that standard is poor also. You've essentially raised the floor in order to provide a cushy landing pad for the head without making it even shorter ROM (i.e. if you had the mat without the plates). 2-3 45# plates on each side with an abmat in the middle would be acceptable. Yes I know most people can barely do regular short ROM HSPUs. Scaling will always be there, but the goal should eventually be the same as Ring MU-HSPU or full ROM barbell press: hand to shoulder.

Anyhow, about the kipping, let 'em kip if it's a WOD.
Noted! I hope to be able to do them, errr 1 on paralletes someday.....
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Old 02-02-2012, 09:36 AM   #9
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Re: Handstand Push Ups-Kipping yay or nay?

Honestly, the only reason why I don't like Kipping in the HSPUs is the fact that I can't kip hehe. I don't think it should be considered cheating, it's just a skill to developp, like the kipping pull-ups.

-On rings, you can't cheat if you start from bottom MUs position.

-On Parallettes, if you start sitting you'r all good too. If you try putting the parallettes wider it becomes wayyy harder.

- On Wall, i'd put 45 bumper plates on each side of abmat, once again, I feel like putting hands wider won't help you too much. The muscles involved are less developped than the usual shoulders and biceps. (What do you think?)

- Free, just touch your nose down...

I did this little vid showing my attempts at the different HSPUs:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6uMot...6ihVzGgPpYesTR

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Old 02-02-2012, 05:56 PM   #10
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Re: Handstand Push Ups-Kipping yay or nay?

I would much prefer to fail in a floor HSPU on the top of my head than my nose.

Strength work -> strict

WOD aka bejesus amount of reps -> kipped.
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