How many times have you read “You need to have x number of strict pull-ups before learning to kip.” or a similar statement? Odds are a lot. The issue I have with that claim is there’s often not a right or wrong when it comes to training which makes the claim untrue. Anyone who tells you their way is best and there’s no other way to train…is lying.
My thought process and approach to teaching/building the pull-up is much like the rest of the approach we take at 603 – simple. We want you to build the strength to perform strict pull-ups while you learn how to kip. Why should we limit ourselves by refusing to learn a skill because a magazine article says to? Do we think you should jump into a WOD and kip out a bunch of pull-ups if you don’t have the shoulder stability and back strength? Not at all. Though we do think that you should regularly practice the kip (note I didn’t type ‘kipping pull-up’). Why would you not practice a skill that is going to benefit you in the future? It’s counterproductive not to, again, in my opinion. Do both.
The moral of the story is to practice as many things as possible. Don’t be afraid to play. Find and work with someone who has your best interest at heart and stop allowing an article to scare you.
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