Maybe it’s a controversial topic, but when it comes to work capacity we figured there needed to be another iron in the fire on this. Strict pull ups surely display more raw strength by blocking other movement, whereas the kip allows access to strength and coordination else where to get the job done.

You see, I’ve got to be honest. The biggest, most important message of this article has nothing to do with kipping. As a coach/athlete/writer I see the spectrum of opinions on fitness all the time. The social media explosion has had it’s hand in this movement for sure, and while this conversation can be the best thing to happen to strength and conditioning, it at times, exposes a large part of the population who is unwilling to think critically.

Here’s the experiment. I’m going to share this seemingly straight forward article that piles on with a pro-kipping pull up agenda. You’d be surprised at the comments people make on topics they haven’t even taken the time to think about, let alone think critically about. I wouldn’t doubt to see the comment section fill with negativity from folks who clearly didn’t read the article.

If we can’t discuss, debate, and think critically, but we can take jabs from a distance based on emotion, I think we are all doing the world of strength and conditioning a disservice. I hope you don’t feel like you got the bait-and-switch treatment. Plus, were you really just about to read another opinion on kipping pull ups?


Logan Gelbrich