The CEO and inventor of CrossFit explains why the kipping pull up should be devalued.
Greg Glassman: “If I was starting over, I would devalue the kipping pull-up and let it occur naturally. People that can’t do strict pull-ups and are trying to kip are wrong.”
GREG GLASSMAN ON KIPPING PULL UPS IN CROSSFIT WORKOUTS
Here is Greg Glassman’s angle on the kipping pull up. This fascinating interview took place with Lewis Howes, and the pair discuss a wide variety of topics relating to CrossFit and fitness.
Greg Glassman: “The kip comes naturally as a whole body movement”
He emphasizes the kip as a natural progression (not a gymnastic movement) that occurs over time as an athlete progresses to a level where they are able to perform a higher amount of pull ups.
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Greg Glassman is a former gymnast that started training individuals throughout the 1970s. In 1995, he opened his first gym. Greg Glassman and Lauren Jenai founded CrossFit, Inc. in 2000. The company was conceived a few years earlier, in 1996, as Cross-Fit. The original CrossFit gym is in Santa Cruz, California, and the first affiliated gym was CrossFit North in Seattle, Washington.