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May 22, 2009

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Gymnastics coach Jeff Tucker and assistant Jason Malutich take us through the importance of goal setting and progression in gymnastic movement.

They begin by emphasizing the importance of body position. Gymnasts use hollow body positions and constantly contract to achieve midline stability. Tucker and Jason then move on to the kipping pull up and scaling muscle up transitions.

Tucker said, “We’re going to teach you a kipping swing that is a gymnastic style. It will create a load. You are going to have to control that load because you are going to swing your ass off.”

Tucker is a retired 20-year member of the Fort Worth Fire Department, where he served as a firefighter and arson/bomb investigator. He was head coach and director of Texas Christian University's gymnastics/cheerleading programs from 2001 to 2006, and he holds a multitude of degrees and certifications. He currently owns and operates GSX Athletics in Fort Worth, Texas, which specializes in Tae Kwon Do, gymnastics, CrossFit, and private athletic instruction.

8min 38sec



8 Comments on “Learning The Gymnastic Kip ”


wrote …

I can't wait until mid-July when I take the Gymnastics Cert.


wrote …

Awesome video guys! This will be really helpful to teach kipping for pull ups etc.


wrote …

I really need to get to a Gymnastics Cert.

As always, great video Tucker . . . a wealth of knowledge put in to simple terms.


Amy Tompkins wrote …

Great video, but it's left me with a bit of confusion. I just recently watched the video "Midline Stabilization Part 3: The Pull-Up." Both that video and this one talk (in different terms) about the hollow core, but they seem to have different opinions about the swing. The midline stabilization video seems to give the advice that too much backswing, or too much of a swing at all is a bad thing. In this video I'm seeing large swings being encouraged. Which is it, specifically for a kipping pull-up? I'm trying so hard to get my first pull-up of any variety, I'd really like to clear up this apparent discrepancy.


replied to comment from Amy Tompkins

what i understand is the midline stabilization vid was encouraging people, not to relax their core and overextend their spine in the backswing which creates unecessary stress on the spine. i guess by keeping it under tension it can act more like a spring to create a better transfer of horizontal to vertical momentum.

i think the big backswing is OK provided more of it is created by change in angle at the shoulder joint, and not by the overextension of the spine or hips. ppl who have trouble creating the swing often do so because they try to swing with their legs.


wrote …

This is video is in my top five for having turned a light on in my head. Muscle ups, 1 2 3 GO!!


wrote …

This video helped me finally master the kipping pullup. The advice on the grip, swing & pointing toes were the final pieces I needed to get the upward movement. Thanks for sharing the valuable info. - Julie Fisher (Kevin's wife :)


wrote …

Daniel - good points. My issue with starting the swing with legs is that you create an open and closed hip angle thus turning the body into a sort of human pendulam. This kills your form and causes the swing to be all over the place - especially if one does not have the strength to control upper body with solid active upper musculature.


I mena Julie :) - many thanks.


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