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Old 02-18-2009, 10:23 PM   #1
Patrick Frank Helmstetter
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Kipping PUSH-ups vs. regular

Hi everyone,
Today's WOD mentioned 'honest push-ups' as part of the Rx. I remember a while back this video was posted on the main site about kipping push-ups. I've personally found I can do more kipping push-ups in a shorter time than I can in the standard way.

My question is this; we're all about these functional, efficient movements (kipping pull-ups) so why make the push-ups strict?

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Old 02-18-2009, 11:01 PM   #2
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Re: Kipping PUSH-ups vs. regular

I have never seen anywhere that a "proper pushup" for CF is a strict pushup. Go for it.
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Old 02-19-2009, 01:57 AM   #3
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Re: Kipping PUSH-ups vs. regular

Not sure, but I wouldn't be surprised if kipping pushups are actually harder than strict pushups unless those were really slow pushups with elbows tracking in.
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:32 AM   #4
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Re: Kipping PUSH-ups vs. regular

There's a March 2003 CF Journal article called "The Push-up" that explains CF pushup standards, if that helps.
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Old 02-19-2009, 05:34 AM   #5
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Re: Kipping PUSH-ups vs. regular

That video you're talking about had a question mark at the end of it, and I've always thought of it more as a joke, an expression of a CF'ers creativity, then a community standard.

I personally find it's faster to just do pushups normally, and the only time I might actually use a pushup in a functional application (to push myself off the ground towards a standing position or press something away from me), I'm not going to be able to kip, so I choose not to.

If you want to, though, go for it- if it's faster and you're moving the same distance, your power increase- just so long as your goals for movement are in line with the movements you do.
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Old 02-19-2009, 08:15 AM   #6
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Re: Kipping PUSH-ups vs. regular

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I have never seen anywhere that a "proper pushup" for CF is a strict pushup. Go for it.
One of the vids mentions what the standards are for push ups. I think all it really says is chest to deck -> full extention and keep your back straight, head neutral.
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Re: Kipping PUSH-ups vs. regular

Shrug, there's also been a vid on the mainpage about kipping pushups so... I mean I *think* it's fairly up in the air.

If you're in a competition (like regional qualifiers or something) ask them the standards. If they don't say strict tight body you can kip to your hearts content.
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Re: Kipping PUSH-ups vs. regular

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I personally find it's faster to just do pushups normally, and the only time I might actually use a pushup in a functional application (to push myself off the ground towards a standing position or press something away from me), I'm not going to be able to kip, so I choose not to.
I've found the first 40 or so are faster if I do them strict, after that it's worth it to kip. As far as a functional application goes, you're right about pushing something off your chest, but for myself personally, pushing myself up to a standing position is not a strict movement, like doing sprawls in football or martial arts.

Has anyone else experimented with kipping push-ups, and what were your results?
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Old 02-19-2009, 07:59 PM   #9
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Re: Kipping PUSH-ups vs. regular

what the hell does a kipping hspu look like?? cant find a video anywhere?
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Re: Kipping PUSH-ups vs. regular

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what the hell does a kipping hspu look like?? cant find a video anywhere?
Its highly bad form IMHO (arms way to wide), but its here:

(wfs) http://media.crossfit.com/cf-video/C...MaryAt7000.wmv
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