Better known simply as “Tucker”, Jeff Tucker operates GSX Athletics in Fort Worth, Texas. He was head coach and director of Texas Christian University's gymnastics/cheerleading programs from 2001 to 2006 and now conducts CrossFit’s gymnastics certifications.
On a visit to CrossFit Santa Cruz Central, Tucker revisited the topic of the kipping pull-up, this time focusing on new clients. Reinforcing body forms is central to open and closed swings. Clients should be in the same position every time. If they can’t achieve that, they should be placed on the ground and shown what a hollow is.
A big swing will help clients gain leverage to get over the bar and get a kipping pull up. Common faults include lack of forward momentum on the initial swing, mistakes in timing or lack of strength.
Scaling the kipping pull-up with rubber bands is a great way to safely develop newbies in the movement, especially if they lack strength or control. Tucker demonstrates by taking a few people through band-assisted swings.