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Old 09-01-2010, 01:19 AM   #1
Amanda Rodriguez
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I Want To Be A Kipper!

So here is the deal-E-O. I can do around 9-10 strict pullups but cant seem to get the kipping rhythm. I have tried 3-4 times already but cant seem to get it past 2. I've seen enough videos and had someone show me, but no luck. I am hoping sometime soon i will catch on. Trying not to get frustrated

Is there any other thing I should try and do? I can do a kipping pullup or 2 but then i reset straight down and loose the pace...BOO!

I am hoping to upload a video manana and see if anyone can comment or share advice

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Old 09-01-2010, 06:27 AM   #2
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Re: I Want To Be A Kipper!

It takes a while to go from 2 kipping pullups to 10+...for some people the rhythm just doesn't come naturally and it falls apart after the first few. Just keep it up, it'll come with practice. Have you checked out all the kipping tutorial videos on mainsite and the CFJ?
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:10 AM   #3
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Re: I Want To Be A Kipper!

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but then i reset straight down and loose the pace...BOO!
I am not sure if you are trying to push away at the top of the pull-up or not, but when I read the above it made me thing of what helped me to improve.

When I learned to better push away from the bar at the top, it helped my rhythm tremendously.

If I drop straight down from the top, it kills my momentum, if I really focus on pushing away at the top, it helps me set right in to the next kipping pull-up.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:31 AM   #4
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Re: I Want To Be A Kipper!

Well, you'll need to die and be reincarnated as a herring first.
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:53 AM   #5
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Re: I Want To Be A Kipper!

Your mileage may vary, but kipping finally clicked for me after all of this:
  • Strength/weight ratio got where it needed to be. For a while, I was just too weak and too heavy.
  • I stopped taking kips so seriously and instead just played around with them. It became a regular thing for me to go to the bar after a WOD and just swing for a while. Freeing my body up instead of getting all mechanical about it helped a lot.
  • I sat around and watched others. I think that just watching other people helped my brain to absorb the technique and pattern more than when I tried to do it myself.
  • Doing lots of WOD kipping pullups using a band.
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Old 09-01-2010, 03:23 PM   #6
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Re: I Want To Be A Kipper!

Thanks! hopefully i will get the rhythm down shortly. It just suck cuz it feels so weird to kip so I'll kip 1 or 2 times then go straight to strict pullups

I was watching some videos last night and i've been reading but i just have to get out there and really practice.

Would it be beneficially to get a high box (or use a band) to stand on to practice pushing my self away from the bar?

Thanks again for the advice! I am going to video record myself tomorrow and post it to my blog [url]www.fitxfiles.blogspot.com[/u
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Old 09-01-2010, 08:07 PM   #7
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Re: I Want To Be A Kipper!

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*** just suck cuz it feels so weird to kip so I'll kip 1 or 2 times then go straight to strict pullups.
Not unusual. In my still relatively limited experience, it's common for new kippers to struggle with stringing them together.

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Would it be beneficially to get a high box (or use a band) to stand on to practice pushing my self away from the bar?
Maybe. Probably not, but it wouldn't hurt to try.

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Will if I think about it. I'm hardly a kip-master, but I'll pitch in if I can.

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Old 09-02-2010, 10:16 AM   #8
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Re: I Want To Be A Kipper!

To be completely honest, my body just started to kip naturally as I would fatigue during high rep pullup workouts. It didn't start pretty and it's far from perfect now, but it gets the job done. Using momentum. Just like your body naturally wants to push press when you can't strict press a weight overhead.

I know that's not helpful, so...something that has helped me string them together is consciously pushing back and away from the bar at the start, which sets you up for a nice swing through with your chest rather than dropping right down.

Whoops, this is me reading previous posts! What Andrew said.
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Old 09-02-2010, 10:20 AM   #9
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Would it be beneficially to get a high box (or use a band) to stand on to practice pushing my self away from the bar?
You can get a box that lets you stand on the balls of your feet (barely tippy toed) to stretch up to the bar and work the swing with your feet on the box. Pull forward with your chest, then push back and spring up. Then, at the top push back off the bar and try to place your feet in the same spot.


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Old 09-02-2010, 12:25 PM   #10
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Re: I Want To Be A Kipper!

Amanda,

Plus 1 for Mark's idea to just relax and have fun with it, play around a bit. Some people get so caught up mechanically, they cant just swing like a kid and feel the natural rythm.

As for dropping straight down from the top....One drill we do with our on rampers is to have them hold a PVC right under their chin (like at the top of a pull up). From there, straighten your arms out in front of you, pushing the PVC out away from you, then your arms overhead and then behind your ears. From that top postion (front part of kip swing) bring PVC around in front of you/close the shoulder angle to bring the PVC under your chin. From the side, the PVC looks like its tracing the letter C. This movement mimics what is happening when pull ups are connected.

Anywho, we have them do this motion several times, then hop back on the bar. For some it works like magic.

One last thing, only because it really chaps my hide when I see it in training videos: keep your legs straight. No kicking/frog leg type motion. Use the lower half of your body as a giant lever.
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