Wednesday Form: Energy Transfer
The kipping pull-up may be one of the most difficult and technical exercises to learn, but it also leads to a huge sense of accomplishment when you get it!
A successful kipping pull-up requires transfer of energy from the horizontal plane to the vertical plane and from the core to the lower extremities and then to the upper extremities. This requires a well-choreographed symphony of movements, and muscle involvement throughout the entire body: hands, shoulders, back, chest, hips, legs – you name it!
This video shows some successful floor training and some common first-time-kicking-on-the-bar form. We often see first-timers kicking their feet back a little too far / towards the butt, and a lack of that violent hip action that catapults the upper body above the bar. The result is that the upper body does much more work than necessary, and the energy transfer is basically lost.
Check out these videos and others, and start working on your kips! If you have questions or would like pointers on your kips, just ask a coach before or after class! Getting there will take some work, but nothing worth doing is ever easy!