Every sport has some specific skill that makes it unique. The skill is needed to excel in the sport due to the demands of the environment or competition. One of those unique skills in the sport of CrossFit, gymnastics, and obstacle course racing is the kipping pull-up. Derived from gymnastics, the kip made its way into CrossFit, allowing increased intensity and power output while completing the same amount of work as a strict pull-up. As with any skill, if we rush the process to develop it without paying attention to our foundation injury can occur. Once that happens the question becomes, "How do I return to kipping pull-ups?"

When it comes to performing pull-ups, whether itโ€™s accomplishing your first rep ever, or chasing a new PR, using proper form will make or break your success, and can help keep your body feeling good. The pull-up is a very technical exercise and is one that involves so much more than simply moving your body to and from the bar. While upper body strength matters, your entire body must work as a synchronized unit, and there are many components that will ensure you are performing pull-ups to your full potential. Learn how to improve pull-ups!