Let’s talk pullups

I get it. The kipping pullup looks cool. Not only that, but it’s way faster than regular pullups. And you’d do anything to be able to get one.

Let me be your reality check. Are you off the bands? Can you perform a strict pullup? If not, then you may not have the required shoulder strength to perform the kip. Robb Wolf talks about some prerequisites 40sec into this video. Once the strength is acquired, Robb does an outstanding job explaining the kipping pullup and how to perform it.

Some of you have been with us for a while and your shoulders are capable of handling that load. Your kipping pullup may look beautiful. Do you still work on strict? How about L-pullups? Ring pullups? Chest to bar pullups? Variety is important.

So now what? Get strict. Do pullups with no kip at all. It may mean going back a band size. Work on negatives (only 1 set). Practice hollow rocks to develop the core strength. Increase your flexibility (video one, two and three).

Hope that helps!

50 Mountain Climbers
21 Kettlebell Swings
50 Mountain Climbers
15 Kettlebell Swings
50 Mountain Climbers
9 Kettlebell Swings

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37 thoughts on “Let’s talk pullups”

  1. Push Jerk x1
    115-135-155-165f-165(with a couple steps forward)

    WOD:
    50 Mountain Climbers
    21 Kettlebell Swings
    50 Mountain Climbers
    15 Kettlebell Swings
    50 Mountain Climbers
    9 Kettlebell Swings

    Time: 6:35

    I’ll admit that my knees didn’t always touch my arms on every rep. I’ll be sure to be more strict on those next time regardless of my time.

    Have a nice weekend!!!

  2. Mario "PR Hunter"

    WUx2

    Push Press x1
    115-135-175-185-195(PR, by 5#)

    This is exciting, PRs now 4-in-4 on this set, 50# total. Back squat is next… should be interesting.

    WOD @ 50# KB
    Time: 8m34s … legs felt heavy this morning during the mountain climbers, but KBS felt good!

    Was nice to work with the AM crew, fun change of pace, good job everyone!

  3. Push Press x1
    45-55-65-75-80-85-85

    WOD:
    50 Mountain Climbers
    21 Kettlebell Swings (25#)
    50 Mountain Climbers
    15 Kettlebell Swings (25#)
    50 Mountain Climbers
    9 Kettlebell Swings (25#)

    Time= 7.02

    First time doing mountain climbers, they’re tough!

  4. WUx2

    Push Press x1
    115-135-175-185-195(PR)

    This is exciting, 4th PR in 4 on this set, for a 50# total. Backsquat next…

    WOD @ 50# KB
    Time: 8:34 … was fun, but legs felt heavy this morning.

    Fun times with the AM crew, good job everyone!

  5. Shoulder Press x3
    95-105-110-115-120-125(fail)-120

    WOD:
    50 Mountain Climbers
    21 Kettlebell Swings (25#)
    50 Mountain Climbers
    15 Kettlebell Swings (25#)
    50 Mountain Climbers
    9 Kettlebell Swings (25#)

    Time= 7:44 (I think…posting at work and don’t have my book)

  6. Bench press 5’s
    95×10, 135-155-165-175-185 didn’t come close to my max
    WOD with 50# -> 7:39

    1. Not to sound like a random bro from “the other gym”, but how much is your bench 1RM?

  7. wu x 2
    strenght – Push Press x 5
    45-50-55-65-75

    WOD:
    50 Mountain Climbers
    21 Kettlebell Swings (20#)
    50 Mountain Climbers
    15 Kettlebell Swings (20#)
    50 Mountain Climbers
    9 Kettlebell Swings (20#)

    Time= 7.42
    cashout – wall hamstring stretch
    30 sec x 3 each side

  8. wu x 2
    strenght – Push Jerk x 3
    95,105,115,125,135,140

    WOD:
    50 Mountain Climbers
    21 Kettlebell Swings (50#)
    50 Mountain Climbers
    15 Kettlebell Swings (50#)
    50 Mountain Climbers
    9 Kettlebell Swings (50#)

    Time= 7.56
    cashout – wall hamstring stretch
    30 sec x 3 each side

  9. Deadlift 5RM
    95-105-115-130-150

    WOD @ 30# – 10:30

    Sorry Gym Guy. Even after you reminded me, I forgot to put away my elastic.

  10. wu x 2
    shoulder press x 1
    95,105,115,135,145 (PR)

    WOD:
    50 Mountain Climbers
    21 Kettlebell Swings (40#)
    50 Mountain Climbers
    15 Kettlebell Swings (40#)
    50 Mountain Climbers
    9 Kettlebell Swings (40#)

    Time= 8:34
    cashout – wall hamstring stretch
    30 sec x 3 each side

  11. WU X2
    Strength: Push Jerk
    (5RM) 65 – 75 – 85 – 95×3

    WOD: @ 35#
    Time: 12:51

    The mountain climbers were brutal for me – the KBS were pretty good. After seeing some of the really fast times that have been posted, I’m impressed, but also would have liked to see some of you in action. … you must have been flying! Beginning to wonder if I heard the 50 “Per Leg” right? 😉

  12. WU x 2
    Deadlift x 1: 95 x 5(WU)- 135-145-155-165(Matched PR)-170 F x3

    WOD:
    50 Mountains Climbers
    21 KBS (35#)
    50 MC
    15 KBS
    50 MC
    9 KBS

    Time: 7:43

  13. Back squat x1
    135-185-205-225-235-245-255PR-265PR

    WOD:
    50 Mountain Climbers
    21 KBS @53
    50 Mountain Climbers
    15 KBS @53
    50 Mountain Climbers
    9 KBS @53

    6:19

    My legs feel tired now.

  14. Front Squats – 5RM
    95-115-145-170-195 (PR for Reps by 10#)

    WOD (53#) —> 8:43

    Tip of the Day —> Never eat a whole chicken in one day.

  15. Glad to see many people working on different pullups in the warm-up. I hope that continues 🙂

  16. WU x 2
    Strength: front squats (1x)
    65-80-95-110-120-125 (15# pr)

    WOD @ 35#
    scaled the mountain climbers to 25 after the first round cause I think I would still be doing them. Played beach Volley Ball last evening for the first time in 4 years, my legs are killing me today!

  17. Back squat
    5’s (95-110-125-140-150)

    WOD:
    50 Mountain Climbers
    21 KBS @35
    50 Mountain Climbers
    15 KBS @35
    50 Mountain Climbers
    9 KBS @35

    7:51

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