• An Often Overlooked Aspect of Kipping Pull-up Mastery

    Muscle-ups, butterfly pull-ups and front uprises.  All really fun, and all requiring kipping.  Trouble is, in order to perform these movements well, you are going to need a little work on the basics.  One mistake I often see missed in gyms is failing to work on the hollow and...
  • My Favorite Exercise to Build Strong Shoulders for Butterfly Pull-ups

    Butterfly pull-ups get a bad rap.  Like any other exercise they are a skill and the body needs to be prepared to perform them correctly and handle the stress of the exercise.  Here is a favorite exercise of mine to accomplish this. Progressive strict butterfly circles. These are one...
  • Are Kipping Pull-ups Really That Dangerous? Part 1 – Assessing and Building the Basic Kipping Positions

    As you all know I have a great love for speaking and writing about kipping pullups and all things kipping.  I work for a gymnastics continuing education company (powermonkeyfitness), coach adult gymnastics at Crossfit Verve and am a full time physical therapist.  Because of this I have the unique...
  • 5 Interesting Scapular Exercises to Help Improve Kipping Pull-ups

    I spoke recently at power monkey camp with therapist Dave Tilley in Crossville Tennessee.  He was a big advocate of creating a spectrum of exercises in order to improve someone’s movement.  In other words, he didn’t believe that solely lying on a foam roller would yield the best carryover to your...
  • How to Properly Warmup for the Kipping Pullup

    Since I’m on a tremendous kipping pullup spree lately I figured I’d just keep it going.  Over the years I’ve compiled several corrective exercises (Some mobility drills, some stability drills and some for motor control) that I like to use to improve the kipping pullup.  I’ve taken the ones...
  • What’s Worse, Regular Kipping Pullups or Butterfly Kipping Pull-ups?

    I’ve been on a major kipping pullup kick lately.  Another topic in the pullup world I wanted to touch on briefly (I promise I’ll stop talking about kipping soon) is the butterfly kipping pullup.  I know several people that won’t butterfly kip at all for fear of destroying their...
  • 6 Ways to Make Kipping Pullups Safer

    So the last few articles were all trash talking on kipping pullups.  We went over several reasons why kipping pullups might be causing injuries.  If you missed these articles you can find them here: Part 1 Part 2 Now I wouldn’t be spewing so much pullup venom for no...
  • 3 More Reasons Kipping Pullups Cause Injury

    I couldn’t help myself.  In this article we discuss 3 more reasons that kipping pullups could be causing injury.  If you missed the first 3 reasons, you can find them all HERE.  This article is even more sciency, just the way I like it.  Without further ado, here are...
  • 3 Reasons Kipping Pullups Cause Injuries

    First off, I want to say that I’m not against kipping pull-ups.  If you are a competitive crossfit athlete then they are going to be a staple part of your program.  I’m ok with that.  I do kipping pull-ups regularly.  Go ahead, make fun of me!  I also do...