Wednesday Form – Are Kips ‘Cheating’?
Chances are you’ve heard someone, at least once in your life, say that unless you’re doing a strict dead-hang pull-up, you’re cheating or not doing a ‘real’ pull-up. And if a workout specifically calls for dead-hang pull-ups then there may be an argument there. However, if the goal is to get your chin over the bar and maintain a high level of intensity during your workout, kips win hands-down. A kip pull-up is a much more full-body exercise than a dead-hang and requires significantly more coordination (and some might argue more skill…).