pull-up

  • How to Modify Kipping Pull-ups for Painful Shoulders

    Having a solid appreciation of why injuries occur is paramount when trying to rehabilitate athletes back to their sports and to keep them safe.  For example in pitchers we know that the extreme external rotation needed for throwing can leads to problems like internal impingement of the shoulder.  That same...
  • How to Rehab Your Athletes Back to Kipping Pullups – Part 2

    In last week’s article we talked about: How to restore full shoulder range of motion Teaching hanging position Phase 1: Beginner hanging exercises to build tissue capacity In this article we’ll expand on last week’s article: Phase 2: Advanced hanging exercises to build tissue capacity How to modify difficulty of...
  • How to Rehab Your Athletes Back to Kipping Pullups – Part 1

    A lot of my athletes are coming back from shoulder injuries where they couldn’t kip previously.  This could be after a major surgery like rotator cuff repair or a bad impingement syndrome / tendinopathy that leaves athletes unable to kip. Now, like any other shoulder patient we’ll need to have...
  • How to Hang on a Bar Without Hurting Your Shoulders

    Most people have a very aggressive introduction to hanging and kipping movements.  It usually goes a little bit like this: Hop right up and grab the bar.  Didn’t fall off?  Great let’s try kipping. As coaches and athletes we generally don’t think much of jumping up and hanging onto...
  • 2 Unique Drills to Improve Lockout and Turn-over in the Muscle-up

    Two areas where I see athletes struggle in the strict muscle-up are: Locking out the dip and turning the rings out Turning over into the dip...
  • Are Kipping Pull-ups Really That Dangerous? Part 3: Progression, Volume Management and Periodization

    As you know from my two previous articles, 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...
  • Are Kipping Pull-ups Really That Dangerous? Part 2: Building Strength and Technique Across Kipping Patterns

    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...
  • 3 Tips For Getting Your First Strict Muscle-up

    I’m a big fan of coaching our gymnastics class at Crossfit Verve.  One coveted movement is the muscle-up.  It’s just a cool exercise.  When you see someone perform these easily it’s impressive. We spend a lot of time working toward muscle-up mastery in class.  There are 3 major positions...
  • 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...