That is the question.
So I was watching this CrossFit Journal debate on this question:
“Do you think that we should require athletes to do strict pull-ups before kipping, and why or why not?”
And it really got me thinking about my own experience and observations of athletes at my box.
At District CrossFit we do a little bit of both. Athletes who “don’t have” strict pull-ups are encouraged to scale down to negatives or banded pull ups, to build the strength required to complete a pull up. For WODs, we scale down to either jumping pull-ups or 2 second negatives.
Often times, WODs include a skill and strength portion, which is where we incorporate kipping progression work. Athletes who don’t have either kipping or strict pull-ups work through the progression of swinging and using their hips but without the final pull.
Like any complex movement in CrossFit, it should be taken in stages. I personally don’t think athletes should be barred from practicing the kip – in fact, I think they should be encouraged. But when it comes to WODs, I think the appropriate scale is a MUST and no kipping with bands.
Agree? Disagree? Share your thoughts in the comments below.