I literally just blogged about this a few months ago, but another blogger (Michelle Stafford) shared with me her perspective as both a coach and an athlete. I’ve gotta say, this is a must read.
…”you should be striving for the greatness in your performance as well and expecting the very best from your coaches, it’s not just about the clock on the wall or the weight on the bar. You want to get stronger? Then dial in your technique and you will progress. Every rep counts…”
Her post — which you can read here — is chalk full of lines just like this.
When I’d originally started thinking about this back in December, I was a little undecided. After having read this piece by Mike Tromello, “The importance of respecting the CrossFit process,” where he descirbes the one things he sees over and over again — a complete disregard for patience — I’m convinced that kipping is NOT for beginners.
Reflecting on my own training, I was early to adopt kipping pull ups and progressed fine. But when I started butterfly pull ups, I clearly wasn’t ready and there were times I could feel my arms and shoulders close to injury. I just hadn’t developed the proper strength to do the movement. In retrospect, I was lucky I listened to my body and stopped until I was ready.
Below is a short clip of me doing them last summer. I was ok at the beginning of WODs, but once I got tired, my form got terrible and I was yanking my shoulders hard.
Truth be told, I don’t believe there’s any one correct answer, but as Michelle and Mike rightly point out, patience and a strong appreciation for fundamentals and focused growth cannot be overstated, and for 99% of the athletes (in my opinion) that means no kipping for quite some time.